Top 10 Strongest Monkeys & Apes in the World (2023)

Monkeys and Apes are the closest relatives to us humans, and they all come in various sizes and appearances. The plethora of primate species includes the world’s smallest to the world’s strongest and most prominent members, of which even we humans are a part too. 

With so many members, one question often keeps surfacing, which monkey species are the strongest? To aid you with the answer, we bring you a list of The Top 10 Strongest Monkeys and Apes in the World. The ranking has been made based on their size and musculature.

10) Rhesus macaque 

Rhesus macaque

Genus- Rhesus

Scientific Name- Rhesus macaque

Location- South, Central, and Southeast Asia

Commonly found in the Indian Subcontinent and Southern Asia, the Rhesus Monkey is the tenth strongest monkey on today’s list. Spotted roaming around in the streets or jumping from one building to the other, these monkeys are quite bad and reputed for lifting edible items from shops and open homes.

With their average body length being 20 inches, they weigh approximately 7.5-8 kilograms. Their habitat ranges from urban areas to forested areas.

9) Langurs


Genus– Semnopithecus

Scientific Name- Semnopithecus entellus

Location– Indian Subcontinent

Another monkey species found in the Indian Subcontinent and the adjoining areas come in up to seven species, spread throughout the land. Their habitat too includes densely populated areas of grasslands and forests.

Their body length reaches up to 30 inches, with a tail as long as 40 inchesThey hold the place as the largest monkey species in the subcontinent and are sometimes known to carry off human babies if they are left outside the house. They mostly forage on fruits and other plant matter.

8) Howler monkeys

Howler monkeys

Genus- Alouatta

Scientific Name- Alouatta belzebul

Location- South and Central American Forests

Howler monkeys, the 8th in our list of Strongest monkeys in the world, derive their name from the howling noises they make, which can travel long distances.

They are the largest species in among the group of New World Monkeys, with a body length of nearly 35 inches. Their tails are exceptionally long, sometimes reaching up to five times their body length. Their diet mostly includes fruits, nuts, and leaves or occasionally eggs.

7) Probosci’s monkey

Probosci's monkey

Genus- Nasalis

Scientific Name- Nasalis larvatus

Location- Borneo

These large species of monkeys are native to the island of Borneo and are characterized by their long-hanging nose. Males have a body length in the range of 25-30 inches, with the females being a bit shorter.

They weigh anywhere between 9-12 kilograms, with females being a bit lighter. Their diet is primarily vegetarian, with insects and their larvae being on the occasional list.

6) Gelada


Genus- Theropithecus

Scientific Name– Theropithecus gelada

Location- Ethiopian Highlands

A glance at Animal Planet or National Geographic will often show us a species of monkeys with red chests wandering in the grasslands. Yes, you have guessed it correctly; we are talking about the Geladas. 

Reaching a body length of approximately 20 inches, with an average weight of 17 kilograms, Geladas are the sixth strongest monkey species on the planet

Sexual dimorphism exists, where males are heavier than females, characterized by the presence of a cape of hair on their back. They primarily live in the grasslands, with grasses being their primary diet.

5) Cape Baboon

Cape Baboon

Genus- Papio

Scientific Name- Papio ursinus

Location- Southern Africa

The Cape Baboon is one of the six Baboon sub-species and its largest member. They have distinct muzzles, highly strong jaws, and large canines (2-3 inches long) and exhibit sexual dimorphism.

They mostly wander in the Savannah grasslands in Africa and forage on fruits, grasses, seeds, smaller rodents, young antelopes, and smaller species of monkeys

Baboons are often found to lift the young ones of leopards, lions, and hyenas and kill them, therefore creating constant friction among the Savannah predators.

4) Mandrill


Genus- Mandrillus

Scientific Name- Mandrillus sphinx

Location- West- Central Africa

Mandrills are the largest species of monkeys on the planet and undoubtedly one of the strongest. They have a head-body length of nearly 35 inches with an average shoulder height of 22 inches.

The sexual dimorphism in this species is most pronounced among all monkeys, where females are less bulky and have shorter snouts.

The snouts in Mandrills is one of the major characteristic feature, where they have a red line running from their forehead to their nose and blue coloration on their sides with 6-7 grooves. Their diet is quite similar to baboons, as they are omnivorous and feed to plant products and also smaller animals.

3) Orangutan


Genus- Pongo

Scientific Name– Pongo pygmaeus

Location- Indonesian and Malaysian Rainforests

The members now shift from monkeys to apes, with the third position in our list of Strongest Monkeys in the world being occupied by Orangutans. They are large maroon or brownish-red-haired creatures with long arms that may reach up to a length of 2 m.

Orangutans have a standing height of nearly 4.5 ft and may weigh as much as 75 kg. Their sexual dimorphism is also quite pronounced, whereas males are larger and have a distinct flat cheek pad. They are mainly fruit eaters but may sometimes shift to birds and other small vertebrates.

2) Chimpanzee


Genus- Pan

Scientific Name- Pan troglodytes

Location- Tropical Africa

The second position in our list of Top 10 strongest monkeys in the world goes to Chimpanzees. Remember the movie, The Rise of the Planet of the Apes? Well, though it was a highly exaggerated version, Chimpanzees are quite strong beings.

Their standing height is approximately 5 ft, with males weighing as much as 80 kilograms. Females are slightly shorter and less heavy than males. Chimpanzees are one of the most intelligent beings and bear similarities to humans to a great extent, both genetically and behaviorally.

They have been found to use stone and sticks as tools to get their jobs done, just like humans. They follow an omnivorous diet, where they feed on plant products and smaller monkey species, young antelopes, hogs, etc.

1) Gorilla


Genus- Gorilla

Scientific Name– Gorilla gorillaGorilla beringei

Location- Tropical African Forests and in the Republic of Congo

Gorillas are the largest primates on the planet and the strongest of all. These smaller “King-Kongs” are very close relative to humans, with their height being anywhere between 5ft to 5.11 ft.

Their body weight ranges from 150-250 kg, with females being shorter and weighing less than the males. Despite their huge sizes, they are primarily herbivores and feed on grasses, leaves, plant roots, and other foliage. Beating their chest is the most characteristic behavior of Gorillas.

Their physical strength is immense, where video evidence has shown them pulling a 6.3 ft tall man with just one hand with utmost ease.

So, our article on “Top 10 Strongest Monkeys in the World concludes.” We will be bringing more of such informative articles shortly. So stay tuned for it, or you can also go through our other fun and exciting articles.

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