Baby gorillas playing in Rwanda

Baby Mountain Gorilla

For a young gorilla, play is an essential part of the day.

Playing is a vital part of a baby gorilla’s growth. Play is a very valuable social activity since it teaches them how to make and maintain relationships with others, which will be useful in the future. Additionally, it helps gorillas learn how to deal with their growing strength and traverse their surroundings as they mature.

A baby gorilla’s development greatly depends on play, and if he or she doesn’t have any playmates in the group, the mother or other adults will step in to help. Baby gorillas also play by themselves, using branches, vines, and other natural objects in imaginative ways similar to how a baby would use a toy.

Little Gorillas at Play in Rwanda from African Safaris Ltd on Vimeo.