Top 5 Fastest Land Animals


Quick, what are the five fastest land animals in the world? Don’t know? Check out our list of Top 5 Fastest Land Animals to find out! *For the sake of this list, we have focused only on top speed on land.

1) Cheetah

Cheetah running
  • Can accelerate from 0 to 96.6 km/h (60.0 mph) in under three seconds
  • When sprinting, cheetahs spend more time in the air than on the ground
  • Limited endurance: most cheetahs run for only 60 seconds at a time
  • Fastest land-animal, fastest mammal, fastest feline
  • 112–120 km/h (70–75 mph)

2) Pronghorn

  • 88.5 km/h (55.0 mph)
  • The fastest animal over long distances
  • Can run 56 km/h for 6 km (35 mph for 4 mi)
  • 67 km/h for 1.6 km (42 mph for 1 mi)
  • 88.5 km/h for .8 km (55 mph for .5 mi)

3) Springbok

  • An antelope of the gazelle tribe in southern Africa
  • Can make long jumps and sharp turns while running
  • Poor long-distance runners
  • Often eaten by faster cheetahs
  • 88 km/h (54.5 mph)

4) Wildebeest

  • An antelope, exists as two species: the blue wildebeest and the black wildebeest
  • Both are extremely fast runners
  • Their speed helps them evade predators
  • Better at endurance running than at sprinting
  • 80.5 km/h (50.0 mph)

5) Lion

  • Can only reach top speed for short bursts of time
  • Can be highly exhausting for the lion
  • They sneak up on their prey before running to minimize running distance
  • Second largest cat in the world, they are surprisingly fast for their size
  • 80.5 km/h (50.0 mph)

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