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In 1977, Dr. Irene Pepperberg and Alex, her first Grey Parrot research subject, began seminal research into the cognitive abilities of parrots, providing a new view of nonhuman intelligence. Via her pioneering methods, Alex learned to accurately use over one hundred English labels to describe objects, shapes, colors, and materials, did simple math, and understood concepts of “none”, “same/different”, “bigger-smaller”. Grey parrots see optical illusions as do humans and engage in various forms of inferential reasoning. The goal of The Alex Foundation is to support research that will expand such knowledge, and to use these findings to encourage responsible ownership of parrots, their conservation and preservation in the wild, and veterinary research into their psychological diseases and care, thereby improving the lives of all parrots worldwide. It’s a fitting tribute to Alex, the parrot who changed the way we think about birdbrains.

Dr. Pepperberg’s research is often cited in articles, films and discussions on animal cognition, conservation and treatment of animals. Her work depends entirely on private donations, and supporters like you are extremely important to the continuation of this research.

The goal of The Alex Foundation is to support research that will expand the base of knowledge establishing the cognitive and communicative abilities of parrots as intelligent beings. These findings will be used to encourage the responsible ownership of parrots, conservation and preservation of parrots in the wild, and veterinary research into the psychological diseases and care of these birds.  Through these efforts The Alex Foundation, and the memory of Alex, will live on and will accomplish its mission to improve the lives of all parrots worldwide.

Latest News

  • Alex & Me raffle winner!
    Alex & Me raffle winner!
    August 8, 2017 by
    Griffin graciously let Athena pick the winning ticket… Congratulations to Mauricio for winning our Alex & Me book raffle! Thank you to all who entered! Special thanks to Karen Metschuleit (https://bookartz.wordpress.com) of Blue River Bookbinding...
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  • Win a hand-rebound copy of Alex & Me!
    Win a hand-rebound copy of Alex & Me!
    August 2, 2017 by
    UPDATE: The raffle has been extended to August 7th at midnight EDT. The winning ticket will be drawn on August 8th! Karen Metschuleit (https://bookartz.wordpress.com) of Blue River Bookbinding has donated a beautiful hand-rebound copy of...
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  • Spring 2017 Sterner Match Challenge!
    Spring 2017 Sterner Match Challenge!
    June 21, 2017 by
    June 21st We’ve reached our $15,000 goal for the Spring 2017 Sterner Match Challenge! Our deepest gratitude to Andy Sterner and family for matching your donations and to everyone who donated to help us get...
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