Interspecies Conflict/primate conflict


hey there bk.large silverback gorilla vs two large male chimp.thanks again bk:)

Hello Chris.

large silverback gorilla vs 2 large male chimpanzees: A large silverback gorilla can weigh over 208kg, which is 3 times heavier than a large male chimpanzee.  Chimpanzees typically don't exceed 60kg, but a very large one can approach 68kg on occasion.  A silverback gorilla is a male that gets silvery fur along its back (appears to form a saddle) upon reaching a certain age (usually 12).  These apes are somewhat similar in attributes & abilities; both are very strong, have strong bites, powerful arms, grabbing hands, and potentially dangerous bites.  Gorillas are built more robustly than chimps, have higher bite forces, and more pronounced canine teeth.  Gorillas aren't practiced at tackling animals outside their own species (occasionally deal with leopards), and seldom battle among themselves (will use intimidation as opposed to engaging).  Chimpanzees will often gang up on a smaller animal (like a monkey) and attack it, but don't have the predatory tools & know-how to overpower a larger animal as a tandem or a group (like the gorilla, will resort to bluffing & intimidation as opposed to engaging).  Even if the 2 chimpanzees were determined to attack the gorilla and attempted to subdue it, they simply wouldn't be equipped to do so.  The gorilla is too big and strong, and will be able to physically dominate the smaller apes.  Any situation where one animal is 3 times as heavy as each attacker and all parties are similar in attributes & abilities will typically favor the larger animal.  Imagine 2 leopards weighing 80kg each attacking a lion weighing 240kg.  The leopards won't stand a chance.  The gorilla in this scenario will bully the chimpanzees into a retreat, and any persistence by the smaller apes will likely lead to their demise.  Silverback gorilla wins.  

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Questions regarding animal conflicts within realistic or unrealistic settings are welcome; my strength lies in medium-to-large species. Small animals (including birds of prey), prehistoric animals, sea creatures, and domestic dog breeds are usually within my scope, but to a lesser degree. I can't confidently answer hypothetical questions about human vs animal, arachnids, insects, or amphibians, but I am willing to field them nonetheless.


From a young age, I have been interested in animals. Starting with the original Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom and World Book Encyclopedias, I have seen many animal shows and documentaries and have read multiple books on the subject. I have a solid understanding of the physiology of many animals and interspecies conflict in general.

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