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    Posted on Jul 19, 2011

    Intelligent Apes Understand Language

    Koko the Gorilla isn't the only Ape that understands language. Bonobos Kanzi and Panbanisha might have the highest level of language comprehension ever seen in non-humans.

    Kanzi and Novel Sentences

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    In this exercise, Sue holds a welder's mask to her face so that she can't give any obvious nonverbal clues as to what objects she's referring.

    Kanzi seems to demonstrate an understanding of a wide range of nouns, verbs, and their relationships sufficient to carry out requests given in new phrases he may not have heard before.

    Kanzi's Sister Panbanisha Understands Language

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    Kanzi The Toolmaker

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    Kanzi demonstrates his ability to make stone tools, a skill that he learned by observing human researchers.

    Bonobos: Language Recognition, Play

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    clip from the BBC Documentary Chimps Are People Too

    Kanzi Talks To Lisa Ling On Oprah

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