In the animal kingdom, some species are even faster than many supercars. Among them, the top positions are held by birds. But in the group of land animals also some species who are built for speed. Here the list of 10 fastest land animals in the world
10 Kangaroo – 44 Miles Per Hour
Instead of walk or run kangaroos hop to move from one place to another. They can cover a distance of 9 meters in just one hop. Their two strong legs fuel the energy for such an incredible leap. The long, muscular tail of a kangaroo also play a significant role in by providing the proper balance.
In a typical case, a kangaroo moves or hop at a speed of 15 to 25 mph. At this range, they can save energy and also can cover long distances. But, if needed, for a short distance they can achieve a speed of 44 mph.
9 African Wild Dog – 44 Miles Per Hour
Inhabit in the Sub – Saharan Africa, African wild dog is one of the most endangered mammals in the world. This extremely social animal live in large packs that contain up to 40 members. African wild dogs are opportunistic predators who mainly target antelopes and gazelles. While chasing speed give them a significant advantage. These wild dogs are capable of running at speed up to 44 mph.
8 Jackrabbit – 45 Miles Per Hour
Despite the name, jackrabbit is actually a hare which is larger than a rabbit. Also, a hare has longer ears and longer hind legs than a rabbit. These long powerful hind legs make them exceptional at both leaping and running. In a single leap, a jackrabbit can cover a distance of 3 meters. Also, they can attain a top speed of 45 mph while chased by a predator. Apart from this incredible speed, jackrabbits also move in a zigzag manner to escape from the predators.
7 Greyhound – 46 Miles Per Hour
Greyhound is the fastest dog breed in the world. This slim build dog can attain a speed of 46 mph. It’s one of the oldest dog breeds and has been bred for sports. A full grown male greyhound weights 22 and 38 kg. It’s the slim build body, and long, sturdy legs let greyhound attain such an extraordinary speed. Besides all these, greyhounds have a calm, gentle and affectionate nature.
6 Lion – 50 Miles Per Hour
Lion is an extremely social animal who lives in the group called pride. A lion pride can contain 15 to 40 members. They also hunt in the group which increases the success rate. During chasing a lion can attain a maximum speed of 50 mph. But they can only keep this pace for a short distance.
5 Blackbuck – 50 Miles Per Hour
Blackbuck is the only existing member of genus antelope. They inhabit in the grasslands and open woodlands of the Indian subcontinent. Male blackbucks have long attractive spiraling horns. Wolves, cheetahs, and jackals are the primary predators of blackbucks. As you can guess, speed is the primary weapon used by these mammals for not being prey. They are capable of run at a top speed of 50 mph.
4 Blue Wildebeest – 50 Miles Per Hour
Blue wildebeest is a large antelope found in the open woodlands of Africa. You may have known this mammal for their fantastic migration during the dry season. Besides this fact, they are also famous for their speed. In fact, speed is so crucial for wildebeests as they have predators like cheetahs, hyenas, leopards, and lions. During a run, this fast mammal could reach a speed of 50 mph.
3 Springbok – 55 Miles Per Hour
Inhabit in the dry inland areas of Southwestern Africa; Springbok is an attractive medium-sized antelope. ‘Pronking’ is the most attractive thing about Springboks. This unusual behavior of these antelopes features multiple leaps into the air. Such leaps measure up to 2 meters in height.
Springboks are also among the fastest land animals in the world. When the predators are near these fast animals can run at a speed of 55 mph.
2 Pronghorn – 55 Miles Per Hour
This fast antelope of North America could achieve an astonishing speed of 55 mph during a run. That’s faster than their predators. In the habitat of pronghorns, the coyote is their main predator. The top speed of coyote is 42 mph. So, pronghorns are much faster than its primary predators.
Apart from this impressive speed, pronghorns are known for their endurance. They can maintain a speed of 30 to 35 mph for miles. This is not a commonly found capability among prey animal of mammals.
1 Cheetah – 75 Miles Per Hour
Cheetah fastest land animal in the world. During a chase, this powerful predator cover a breathtaking speed of 75 mph. Their long slender body, small head, and long yet powerful legs are built for speed. What’s more surprising is the how fast a cheetah accelerate. It can reach 0 to 60 mph in just three seconds.
However, cheetah can’t maintain it’s astonishing speed for long distance. It achieves such a great pace in short range. During hunting, a cheetah is also looking for right time to attack, which is also essential.