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    (circa 1965-October 30, 2007)
    Born in West Africa
    Became the first non-human to learn American Sign Language
    Lived at the Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute at Washington State University
    Despite her pioneering status, she was overshadowed by Koko.
    There was heated debate about whether she understood what she was signing or was reacting to prompts from humans.
    She was obsessed with the shoes of her human companions.
    She was named after a county in Nevada.
    Her mother was killed by poachers.
    She learned over 250 ASL signs.
    She learned some signs by observing humans signing among themselves instead of being taught directly.
    She taught ASL to her adopted son, Loulis.

Credit: C. Fishel

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