How Strong Is A Silverback Gorilla, the average weight of an adult Silverback Gorillas ranges from 136 to 195 kg (300 to 430 pounds)?
The heaviest wild Gorilla ever recorded was a silverback male found within the Nkuringo group in Bwindi forest National park in Uganda and Volcanoes National park with a weight of 267 kg (589 pounds) and a height of 6 ft (1.83 meters)
When compared to a mean person, the silverback gorilla is four to ninefold stronger than a mean man.
Silverback gorilla can lift a weight up to 815kg (1800 lb) while a well-trained human can lift weight up to 410 kg.
Silverback gorillas exhibit incredible strength once they break bamboo canes, almost 20 times stronger than that of the typical human. First, they bite the bamboo, which weakens it then breaks it by hand.
When compared to other Gorilla Species, the Western Lowland Gorilla is that the smallest subspecies.
Even though it’s small in size than other Gorilla species yet it’s an outsized primate and exhibits the sheer amount of strength.
The Western Lowland Gorilla is almost as strong because the other gorilla species and therefore the difference in strength might exist only thanks to the difference in size and weight.
The weight of adult male eastern gorilla is 140 to 205 kg i.e. 309 to 453 lb while that of female gorillas is 90 to 100 kg i.e. 200 to 220 lb.
The Eastern Gorilla is a little stronger than the Western Lowland Gorilla.
Mountain gorillas are a bit larger in size than other gorillas’ species.
A man features a weight of 195 kg (430 lb) while that of the female is 100 kg (200 lb).
Among all the Gorilla species, the Mountain Gorillas are slightly stronger thanks to their size and weight.
It is so powerful that it can even crush a crocodile.
The weight of newly born baby gorilla is about 2.5 kg (4.5 lbs).
The baby gorillas are weak and vulnerable as that of human babies. However, they’re strong enough to hold close their mother’s body with a strong grip using both their hands and feet. This keeps them stick to their mother even when the mother is moving fast.
Baby Gorillas like to play with their elders or other young gorillas. They wrestle, tumble, climb trees, and even form a sequence and rehearse the forest.
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, a silverback gorilla can lift up to 815 kg (1800 lb).
On the opposite hand, a well-trained human weightlifter can lift weight up to 410 kg (900 lb) which is half to what a Gorilla can lift.
A Gorilla strength test was conducted in 1924, which showed that an adult gorilla can throw a 450 kg (900 lb) of force.
While a mean human can throw 100 kg (220 lb) which is five times but that of a gorilla.
Gorilla jaw strength is astonishing which makes their bite very powerful.
Their bite force is nearly double than that of a lion.
They have 32 teeth like humans.
The bite strength of a gorilla is about 1300 pounds per sq in (PSI) which is far above that of an excellent great white shark (525 PSI) and lion (650 PSI).
Why Are Gorillas So Strong – How Are Gorillas So Strong
Gorillas are strong thanks to their large muscles and the vegetarian diet.
Anatomically their bones have:
very thick cortex (outer part of the bone)
very large bumps and protrusions attached with muscles to withstand high stress.
So, the gorilla is built strong by nature
Gorillas have stronger arms than their legs. It is thanks to the presence of huge muscles in their arms than those of their legs while in humans it’s the other.
Their arms are strong because they use it for bending and gathering foliage. It also helps them in self-defense.
Gorillas are capable of walking upright like us on two feet but due to their strong arms, they most often move as a quadruped i.e. on four limbs as it is much easier for them.
When compared to their legs, the Gorilla’s arms are longer. Their arm span is about 1 foot i.e. 30 cm which is much longer than that of an average adult human.
A gorilla punch has not been measured yet. We can deduct the strength of a gorilla punch as follows:
Gorillas are 4 to 9 times stronger than humans.
Assume that the punch strength of a Gorilla and human has an equivalent ratio.
The average punch force of karate black belt is recorded at 325 pounds.
So the punch force of a gorilla might be from 1300 lbs to 2700 lbs.