Learn About Gorillas


Like all great apes, gorillas have arms that are longer than their legs and tend to walk on all four limbs at certain times, a movement that is called knuckle walking. Adult males are known as ‘silverbacks’ due to the distinctive silver colored hair on their backs. Gorillas are herbivores and eat leaves, shoots, roots, vines and fruits.

Gorillas need safe, secure, tropical forests for food and shelter, but too many trees are being cut down for logging, farming and mining. Gorillas are also being kept in captivity, often in less than ideal conditions, in zoos around the world.

KIW_new_LogoYou Can Help Gorillas!

  • Reduce your use of paper including paper towels & paper plates.
  • Recycle! Cell phones, computers and other electronics use coltan, which is mined in the African forest.
  • Start a community cell phone recycling campaign with your class or eco-club.
  • Don’t support entertainment businesses that exploit gorillas or other primates.
  • Raise funds for groups that help gorillas in the wild and in captivity.
  • Print this postcard template on card stock paper, draw a picture on the front, write a message on the back and mail it to a friend or family member telling them that they can help Gorillas by following the advice above.

To know more about the gorillas in the wild and in captivity:

  1. Discover basic facts about Gorillas.
  2. Learn about the largest living primate, the critically endangered Mountain Gorilla.
  3. Watch this video to learn how gorillas communicate through verbal and non-verbal means.
  4. Test your knowledge of Gorillas.