Chimpanzees defend themselves with their fangs and strong muscles, wrestling with their predators until they come out on top. They prefer to climb trees to escape but fight if backed into a corner. They are very intelligent animals and use this intelligence to outmaneuver many animals that are less keen. A troupe of chimpanzees can be very cunning, working together to deceive and dumbfound their enemies.
The muscular build of the chimpanzee is instrumental for both self-defense and premeditated attacks on other animals. The tendons and muscles of chimpanzees are located very close to the bone. They are thicker and stronger than human muscles. This gives the chimp much more physical power than its small size indicates. Though they have very strong muscles, chimps do not have much control over these muscles. This often results in more damage to the opponent than the chimp intends. Lions, cheetahs, leopards, crocodiles and pythons often prey on the chimpanzee and are recipients of the damage inflicted by their strong muscles.
Self-defense is not the only reason chimpanzees fight. They also fight to defend their mates or offspring. They are known to orchestrate attacks to acquire territory from other groups of chimpanzees or to acquire food.