Our Mission

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

  • Today is Giving Tuesday!
    Today is Giving Tuesday!
    November 30, 2021 by
    Today is Giving Tuesday! Giving Tuesday is a day for people across the country to get together and give back to their communities. Since its inception, the movement has raised billions of dollars for nonprofit...
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  • "Alex & Me" Book Raffle!
    “Alex & Me” Book Raffle!
    November 29, 2021 by
    Now for our most popular raffle activity…enter to win a copy of “Alex & Me” SIGNED BY DR. IRENE PEPPERBERG! To enter: 1 ticket for $3; 5 tickets for $10; 10 tickets for $20. In...
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  • And the winner is....
    And the winner is….
    November 26, 2021 by
    Tanner Johnson! Big thank you to all who entered. We have some fundraising activities in the ‘wings’ but we’d like to hear from you! Would you be interested in another raffle? A Photoshop contest? Something...
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