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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

  • Summer 2016 Sterner Match Challenge
    Summer 2016 Sterner Match Challenge
    May 11, 2016 by
    5/27/16 Update: The Sterner family is again generously matching donations up to $15,000, and our donation meter is almost ready to hatch! Can you help us crack this egg? 5/20/16 Update: Griffin and Athena can’t...
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  • Dr. Pepperberg interviewed for The New York Times
    Dr. Pepperberg interviewed for The New York Times
    March 24, 2016 by
    Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist Natalie Angier interviewed Dr. Pepperberg for a New York Times article about parrot behavior and cognition! Parrot partisans say the birds easily rival the great apes and dolphins in all-around braininess and resourcefulness,...
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  • Winter 2015 Sterner Match Challenge
    Winter 2015 Sterner Match Challenge
    December 13, 2015 by
    1/12/16 Update: The numbers are in, and thanks to everyone who contributed during the Sterner Match Challenge, we beat our fundraising goal for the end of 2015! We are grateful to every one of you,...
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