The famous research chimpanzee has died aged 42. She passed away last Tuesday night
Washoe was born and captured in West Africa, briefly used for research by the US Air Force, and finally adopted by psychologists Beatrix and R. Allen Gardner, who raised her in their home and treated her like a deaf human child.
She was then adopted by Roger and Deborah Fouts, the directors of Central Washington University’s Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute. In her lifetime, Washoe mastered the use of more than 250 signs and even taught them to another chimpanzee.
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