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Gorillas often go knuckle walking on all fours. This male silverback gorilla is knuckle walking through the forest with two babies.

Gorillas are smart animals. They make and use tools. Gorillas sometimes use sticks to see how deep the water is before they go into a river. Gorillas can also learn to understand people. A gorilla named Koko learned to talk with people using hand signs.

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Making Connections


Have you ever seen a gorilla at the zoo? What was it doing?


What other animals have you read about that like to play? How do these different animals play?


Many gorillas are losing their homes because of people cutting down forests. How do you think people can keep animals safe?

Teacher Resources

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