gorilla facts for kids

  • Gorillas are large apes that are native to Africa.
  • Gorillas are gentle giants and display many human-like behaviours and emotions, such as laughter and sadness.
  • They are our closest cousins after chimpanzees and bonobos.
  • They are the largest of the great apes (the world’s largest primate).
  • Gorillas have broad chests and shoulders, large, human-like hands, small eyes and hairless faces.
  • Gorillas live in Africa.

gorilla facts for children

  • Gorillas live in groups. Groups of gorillas are called troops or bands.
  • Gorillas are generally herbivores. They usually eat vegetation such as wild celery, shoots, roots, fruit, tree bark and tree pulp.
  • Gorillas’ arms are longer than their legs. This allows them to walk on all four limbs while remaining somewhat upright.
  • These primates are very intelligent. They can use simple tools and learn sign language.
  • Gorillas are some of the most powerful animals.

gorillas africa facts for kids

  • They help to keep the jungle green by roaming through large territories and spreading the seeds of the fruit they consume.
  • Gorillas live around 35 years. They can live longer, up to 50 years, in captivity.
  • Gorillas sleep at night in nests. Baby gorillas will stay in their mother’s nests until they are around 2 ½ years old.
  • Gorillas are generally calm and passive animals.
  • An adult male gorilla is the size of a human, but three times as heavy (they weigh up to 600 pounds).