Smithsonian National Zoological Park l Friends of the National Zoo



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mother and baby gorilla
Jessie Cohen, NZP photographer

This gorilla mother is using one hand to scratch her chin while the other cradles her infant offspring.

Because gorillas and humans are so closely related, most diseases can be transmitted from humans to gorillas and vice versa.

Infant gorillas receive the same inoculations as human babies. They also receive tetanus and rabies inoculations throughout their lives.

Meet the National Zoo's gorillas

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