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

  • Dr. Pepperberg on The Moth!
    Dr. Pepperberg on The Moth!
    January 7, 2021 by
    The Moth’s latest episode, “Birds of a Feather,” will be featuring Dr. Irene Pepperberg’s story “Alex and Me,” starting Tuesday, 1/12/2021 through Monday, 1/18/2021!!! You can find local air times here: https://themoth.org/radio-hour#listenOnAir...
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  • 10 times science made a sucky year suck less ft. Griffin Pepperberg
    10 times science made a sucky year suck less ft. Griffin Pepperberg
    January 1, 2021 by
    “A grey parrot named Griffin has outsmarted 21 Harvard students in a classic memory game, according to a study published in May in the  journal Scientific Reports. African grey parrots (Psittacus erithacus) can live for more...
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  • WE HAVE REACHED OUR GOAL!!!!
    WE HAVE REACHED OUR GOAL!!!!
    January 1, 2021 by
    Level CORKNUT has been ACHIEVED!Huge thank you to everyone who has donated, participated in our fundraising activities, and stayed updated on our progress. Cheers to 2021!!!...
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