Gorilla Facts: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Mary Grace Miller

Mary Grace has taught first grade for 8 years and has a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and is licensed in ESL.

What do gorillas look like? Where do they live? What do they eat? This lesson will answer all these questions as well as teach you some jokes and fun facts about gorillas!

What Do Gorillas Look Like?

What do gorillas say when they make a mistake? Ape-sy daisy!

There are lots of funny jokes about gorillas! Keep reading to learn more interesting information about these amazing and smart animals!

A gorilla in the wild
gorilla

Gorillas are a type of animal called an ape, which is a large primate that lacks a tail. 'Primate' basically means that gorillas are mammals that have hands, feet, and a big brain. That means you're a primate, too! Gorillas have fur that is usually black or gray. There are four different kinds of gorillas, and each kind looks a little bit different. Male gorillas have silver fur on their backs. Because of this, adult male gorillas are called Silverbacks! They are usually about 6 feet tall, which is as tall as a tall adult! Gorillas have arms that are longer than their legs, and sometimes they walk on all fours. This is called knuckle walking!

Where Do Gorillas Live?

Gorillas live in forests and swamps throughout Africa. They make their own nests using leaves and branches and they make a new nest to sleep in every night. That is a lot of work! They live on the ground in groups of 6 to 12 gorillas.

What Do Gorillas Eat?

A gorilla eating celery
gorilla food

Gorillas eat a lot of food! They can eat as much as 66 pounds of food every day. That is about as much as a kid weighs! Gorillas are herbivores, which means that they only eat plants. They are vegetarians! They eat fruits that grow in the rain forest, and they also eat bamboo and celery. Gorillas do not need to drink water because they get water from the food that they eat.

How Do Gorillas Grow?

a mother gorilla and her baby
gorilla baby

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