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Is A Silverback Gorilla Strong

Is A Silverback Gorilla Strong : Gorillas are big primates in the world and are divided into 2 groups that is the mountain gorillas and the lowland gorillas. Mountain gorillas are bigger and strong than the lowland gorillas. The mountain gorillas share 98% of their DNA with those of humans and this explains why most of the things they have are the same as humans. Gorillas are not only huge but powerful as well. These mountain gorillas live on highland slopes and are only found in Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo and are ranked among the ten strongest creatures on the planent.

Silverback gorillas are strong and that’s why they are the dominant males in a gorilla group. These can be spotted during the gorilla trekking safari in Uganda, democratic republic of Congo and Rwanda. A fully grown adult silverback gorilla weighs twice as much as an adult man and their strength is due to its robusticity which is defined as larger muscular mass to body weight ratio.

The dominant silver back gorilla leads by example and its calm. It’s usually calm and uses force sparingly and only acts violent when confronted with a threat, intruders or when attempting to assert authority. The intruders may be males from other groups, uncooperative members of the group, animals such as leopards or people visiting unhabituated group. So when a silverback gorilla detects a threat or another silverback from another group, he will first warn the intruder by rising up and drumming his chest. And if the preceding efforts fail, he will confront the invader by producing a deafening noise. The silverback fights to death to protect the family and especially the young ones.


Mountain gorillas are gentle big primates that avoid confrontation and this is what most people don’t know. But due to its power and size, they are very destructive and fearless when engaged in combat. When comparing the strength of a silverback gorilla to that of a person, the gorilla is 4 to more times stronger than humans.

A silverback gorilla lifts twice as much dead weight as a strong person. A gorilla weighs 143kg but they can weigh up to 300kg. The average weight of a human is 80kgs and the mountain gorillas have thicker skins and skulls than humans meaning humans have to use a lot of energy to harm them. The arms are stronger than the human arms.

If the gorillas participate in bites during a battle, the humans can’t return the bite because the gorilla’s mouths are bigger than those of humans. The gorillas have much stronger jaws and sharp teeth that can puncture soft human tissue.

Is A Silverback Gorilla Strong
Is A Silverback Gorilla Strong

Gorillas are wild creatures and their wildlife nature wouldn’t allow them fight you in a human to human combat. They battle in a ferocious manner, which might lead to a potentially deadly conclusion to fight. This can be witnessed in their own conflicts between the silverbacks or other gorillas.

However, lions are considered to be extremely powerful animals but if compared to the gorillas, the silverback gorillas are stronger than the lion. The gorilla can lift 4 times the amount of weight than a lion. A gorilla bite is twice as strong as that of a lion and gorillas are violent animals but if they are treated with respect and treated peaceful, they remain calm and pleasant. However much they are domesticated, they retain their wild essence.

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