There are many kinds of apes, but the four largest are called the great apes. Do you know their names? Our Zootles readers certainly do – gorillas, chimpanzees, bonobos and orangutans. Though all great apes are similar, each type has its own unique qualities.

Gorillas, for example, can be huge! Some gorillas weigh as much as four grown-up people. Gorillas do climb into trees, but they spend more time on the ground than the other apes do.

Chimpanzees are very playful. All chimpanzees, even grown-ups, are smaller than humans, but much, much stronger.

Bonobos are related to chimpanzees, but are a little smaller and often have darker faces. Some people think bonobos are the smartest of the great apes.

And finally, orangutans spend lots of time swinging through the trees. They are easy to recognize by their fluffy, orange hair.


Though gorillas, chimpanzees, and bonobos live in Africa, and orangutans live in Asia, all great apes live in rain forests. This means they’re also great climbers. They climb and swing to get from place to place, and sometimes just for fun! Zootles Great Apes features these and many more fun facts about great apes, so if you haven’t already, get reading!