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

  • 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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  • REMINDER: Webinar Tomorrow!
    REMINDER: Webinar Tomorrow!
    August 22, 2020 by
    We’re so excited for tomorrow’s webinar – to participate, you can make a $25 donation via the link below until MIDNIGHT TONIGHT (EST). Sales will close in 3 hours and 20 minutes so don’t forget...
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  • Webinar Featuring Dr. Pepperberg
    Webinar Featuring Dr. Pepperberg
    August 20, 2020 by
    On August 23rd at 4:00 PM EST, Lafeber will be hosting an exciting webinar featuring Dr. Pepperberg! During the webinar, Dr. Pepperberg will briefly speak about her research, and then participants will get a chance...
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