On September 6, 2007, Dr. Irene Pepperberg’s science colleague of 30 years died, and left a big hole in the world of animal research. Alex the parrot helped to prove that the phrase “bird brain”, was actually a compliment. Dr. Pepperberg’s research is showing that Alex, and other parrots, have the intelligence of a 5 year old child. Alex may have passed away, but his memory lives on in Dr. Pepperberg’s continued research.
Here is their story:
In this video, Dr. Pepperberg shows Griffin, a parrot she has been working with for 12 years. And, she visits Einstein, a very smart parrot from Tennessee:
Dr. Pepperberg has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from M.I.T, a masters degree in chemistry from Harvard and a doctorate in chemical physics from Harvard. Through her research, Dr. Pepperberg hopes to determine the communication and intellectual abilities of these beautiful and intelligent animals, comparing them to great apes, marine mammals and young children.
Dr. Pepperberg has established the Alex Foundation. The goal of this foundation is stated in this clip from their website:
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