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Kittitas County’s Celebrity Connections

Kittitas County boasts a wealth of people with name recognition across the region, the country and in some cases the world. Here are just a few.

Washoe Famous Chimpanzee

First Non-Human to communicate in American Sign Language (ASL)
Website: Friends of Washoe website
Photo of Washoe Famous Chimpanzee

Biographical Info

Washoe (1965-2007) was an internationally known female chimpanzee born in West Africa. She was the first non-human to communicate via American Sign Language (ASL), part of a research experiment on animal language acquisition. Washoe learned about 350 words. She even taught her adopted son Loulis a few words. Her last years were spent at the Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute at Central Washington University in Ellensburg.(Photo courtesy Central Washington University.)

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