, Volume 29, Issue 2, pp 219–228 | Cite as

Play behaviour in lowland gorillas: Age differences, sex differences, and possible functions

  • Susan G. Brown


A study on lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) play behaviour was conducted on four exhibits at three different zoological parks so that 19 gorillas were observed. Juvenile gorillas played the most, but play continued at fairly high frequencies through adolescence. Most social play occurred between dyads. Triadic groups usually chased each other. No sex differences in type of play were observed, but gender differences in partner preferences were observed. Males played with both other males and females, while females seldom played together. These data support the social skills hypothesis (Baldwin & Baldwin, 1974) of play.

Key Words

Gorilla Play Primates Social skills hypothesis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Susan G. Brown
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  1. 1.Social Sciences DivisionUniversity of Hawaii at HiloHiloU.S.A.

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