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photo by Stephanie Garnett/FONZ

Gorillas over three years old make nests: day nests for resting and night nests for sleeping.

Gorillas create these nests by sitting in one place and pulling down and tucking branches, leaves, or other vegetation around themselves. Adult males usually nest on the ground; females will nest on the ground or in trees. Juveniles are more apt to nest in trees, and infants share their mothers’ nests.

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