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Sunday Profile / Allen, Beatrice Gardner #481885

NBC Evening News for Sunday, Mar 23, 1975
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(Studio) Doctors Allen and Beatrice Gardner profiled. Gardners communicating in words with animals.
REPORTER: Tom Snyder

(Reno, NV) At Gardners' home in Reno, NV, sign language taught to chimpanzees. Chimp, Mosha, shown using sign language. [Allen GARDNER - says he knew there would be some success in project, but experiment really started to prove conversation between chimpanzee and man possible.] Film episode shows communication with Gardners' 1st subject, Washo. In 51 mos. of training, Washo learned 132 symbols used in sign language. Experiment with chimps, Mosha and Peli, explained. Gardners' education background outlined. [Allen GARDNER - says Washo reached level of 3 1/2-4 year old child.] Gardners want to know if chimpanzees can go beyond this level. [Beatrice GARDNER - says they hope to discuss abstracts with chimps.] [Allen GARDNER - believes project important because it deals with language and intelligence.]
REPORTER: Frank Bourgholtzer

Bourgholtzer, Frank;
Snyder, Tom

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