[Surnetkids] Gorillas

Dear Reader,

Happy New Year! Today’s topic is in honor of Dr. Dian Fossey’s birthday: Jan 16, 1932. Happy birthday, Dr. Fossey! Her foundation’s website is (of course) included in today’s picks.

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Barbara J. Feldman
“Surfing the Net with Kids”



Gorillas Printable(** for Premium Members only)

Gorillas are the largest of the apes and have no natural enemies except for man. They make their home in the rain forests of Africa, near the equator. I was amazed to learn they were not discovered by man until 1847. Can you imagine seeing a six-foot 450 pound gorilla for the very first time?

Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International

Dr. Dian Fossey began studying mountain gorillas in Africa in 1963. Four years later, she founded the Karisoke Research Center in Rwanda and lived there among the gorillas for almost eighteen years. Although she died in 1984, her foundation continues her work. Best clicks for kids are found here in the Learning & Fun section. “Typically, mountain gorillas live in groups that contain one or two adult males (ages 12 years or older, called silverbacks), several younger males (called blackbacks), adult females, juveniles and infants.”

Koko.org: Kids for Koko

In 1971, Francine ‘Penny’ Patterson began teaching Koko, a newborn lowland gorilla, American Sign Language. Koko proved an able pupil, and her vocabulary has grown to 1000 words. First stop for elementary-age students should be the excellent Koko4Kids. “Gorillas can live more than 50 years. Newborn gorillas are very small, weighing only about 4 1/2 pounds. They are helpless at birth and depend on their mothers for at least 3 years, and they usually stay in their family group as they grow up.”

National Geographic Kids: Mountain Gorillas

“Mountain gorillas spend much of their time eating. Their food includes a variety of plants, along with a few insects and worms.” Visit for a photo slide show, quick gorilla facts, and links to videos and other related stories, such as Gorilla Rescue and Gorilla Adoption. More National Geographic gorilla features can be found here.

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Printables Club Members Also Get …

Surfnetkids Printables Club Members also get the following printables to use in the classroom, the computer lab, the school library, or to send home with students:

Gorillas Printable
Gorillas Wikipedia Printable
Monkeys Printable
Rainforests Quiz and Worksheet
Endangered Species Printable
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