Gorillas Facts for Kids – 5 Great Facts about Gorillas

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Updated on: Educator Review By: Michelle Connolly

Do you know how strong gorillas are? Would you like to know more about gorillas? Here are five great facts about gorillas for kids.

Gorillas Facts for Kids Facts Number 1: Gorillas are Clever

Gorillas are extremely clever, scientists have observed them making and using tools, which is a very big sign of intelligence! They have even been seen making cutlery to help them pick up and eat insects that might sting them if they used their hands!

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Gorillas Facts for Kids Facts Number 2: Gorillas have Fingerprints

Gorillas have fingerprints just like us, but they have something else that is totally unique as well, their noses! Scientists use gorillas’ noses to identify them because each one has a different nose print!

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Gorillas Facts for Kids Facts Number 3: Koko

Hanabi-Ko, known as ‘Koko’, was a female western lowland gorilla. Over her lifetime, she learned over 1,000 signs and was able to understand more than 2,000 English words.

Gorillas Facts for Kids Facts Number 4: Gorillas are Strong

Powerful Male gorillas can be more than 10 times stronger than an average human – they can tear down banana trees, bend iron bars and bite with more power than a lion! For the most part, though, they’re gentle giants, only using their full strength when they feel threatened.

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Gorillas Facts for Kids Facts Number 5: Gorilla’s Nest

Gorillas are pretty picky with their beds, they actually make a whole new nest every night, sounds like a lot of effort but it actually only takes them about five minutes! Baby gorillas will stay in their mother’s nests until they are around 2 ½ years old.

We hope you enjoyed learning more things about gorillas as much as we loved teaching you about them. Now that you know how majestic these animals are, you can move on to learn about other ones like: Octopuses, Seals, Weasels, Dolphins, Kangaroos, Reindeer, Leopards and Jaguars, Rabbits and Flamingos

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