How Strong are Chimpanzees?

Chimpanzees are a species of apes found in Africa spread across the central and western part of the continent; they live in social groups of about 20 to 150 individuals dominated by an alpha male that protects the group from predators with the help of females.

How Strong are Chimpanzees

Chimpanzees live in communities but usually separate during day time when feeding and small groups can contain of females only and their infants, males on a hunt or mixed males and females but in the evening before dark the whole community comes to one area where they build the nests on tree tops to sleep in.

Though chimpanzees share about 98% of their DNA with humans they are wild and aggressive animals and can show their strength in attacks even if the full strength of chimpanzees cannot fully be estimated. Male chimpanzees are larger than the female chimpanzees, the male chimpanzees can weigh from 35-70 kilograms while the females can weigh from 20-50 kilograms, the average height for male chimpanzees is 0.9 to 1.2 and females 0.66-1 meter.

The climbing lifestyle of chimpanzees accentuates the need for more strength they are four to five times stronger than humans due to higher content of fast twitch muscle fibers. The twitch muscle fibers help them adapt to climbing and swinging. A chimp is able to generate more power in the same range of motion than humans.

Chimpanzees are also strong because sometimes they use more of their muscle strength than necessary as they have less control over their muscles. Chimpanzees can jump one third higher top level human athletes according to a study in 2006 on Bonobo chimpanzees.

Chimpanzees have very sharp and strong canine teeth they use for attacking and scaring predators, bites from chimpanzee canines can lead to deep injuries that can later cause even death. Chimpanzees can engage in brutal wars within the longest recorded war of chimpanzees recorded took 4 hours.

In conclusion, the strength of chimpanzees cannot be accurately measured but one thing for sure is that chimpanzees are very strong animals. There are many occasions where chimpanzees have attacked and brutally injured or killed humans in zoos or even kill them instantly and this is enough evidence to show that chimpanzees are strong. In Uganda, there are common cases where chimpanzees grabbed human babies mistaking them for their prey the red colobus monkey.

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