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

    November 22, 2020 by
    CAMEO CONTEST UPDATE: MRS. DOUBTFIRE WON!!!!! Please enjoy Griffin and Athena photoshopped in all their greatness, accompanied by their three favorite things: spoons, corknuts, and apple juice! HUGE thank you to everyone who has donated...
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  • Fall Fundraiser Begins Today!
    Fall Fundraiser Begins Today!
    November 2, 2020 by
    The Alex Foundation fall fundraiser begins TODAY! Thanks to an anonymous donor, should raise $10,000 they will match up to $15,000! Keep an eye on social media for our exciting fundraising campaign featuring contests, raffles,...
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  • September 16, 2020 by
    As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end, and although we’ve really appreciated and enjoyed our time at the Department of Psychology at Harvard, we’ve recently come to a parting of...
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