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

  • WE'VE REACHED OUR GOAL!
    WE’VE REACHED OUR GOAL!
    December 31, 2021 by
    Thanks to donors like you, we qualify for the match challenge of an additional $15,000! YAY! Happy New Year to all from everyone at the Alex Foundation❤...
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  • Fall Fundraiser Update!
    Fall Fundraiser Update!
    December 16, 2021 by
    Fundraiser update! Thanks to donors like you, we have now raised almost $9,000! Thanks to an anonymous donor, should we raise $10,000, they will match up to $15,000! Stay tuned for more fundraising activities!https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=N82W852QP4ESQ...
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  • And the ornament raffle winner is...
    And the ornament raffle winner is…
    December 16, 2021 by
    LEIGH ANN HARTSFIELD!!! Thanks SO much to everyone who entered, and happy holidays to all those who celebrate!...
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