Do you know an animal that runs faster than Usain Bolt? Did you know that the innocent looking zebra is on the list of fastest running animals in the world? Although there is no dearth of animals in the world, but do you know who are the fastest running land animals in the world? To increase your knowledge, we will discuss about top 12 fastest land animals in the world. So let’s start an amazing race of jungle world.
List of fastest land animals in the world
01. Cheetah (Top Speed: 75 mph)
The trophy for the fastest animal in the world to run on land goes to the cheetah. Cheetahs can run at a speed of 75 mph (120 km/h). This speed of cheetah does not last long. Meaning it can race only for 60 seconds at a time, but the brother swears in this time, that he can even leave a racing car behind.
While running, Cheetah is seen less on the ground and more in the air. The reason behind their fast running is their thin body. Because of this more of their energy goes into running and not into lifting their weight. But the saddest thing is that this Usain Bolt of animals has become a desert species, the struggle to save it is going on loudly.
02. Pronghorn (Top Speed: 61 mph)
This animal also belongs to the family of deer. Pronghorn is the second fastest land animal in the world. Found from Canada to California, the Pronghorn is the fastest animal in the Western Hemisphere, running at a speed of 61 mph (98 km/h). Like many other animals, it not only gets tired in short distances but also comes out as a horse of a long race.
The Pronghorn covers a distance of 6 kilometers at a speed of 56 km/h and a distance of 1.6 kilometers at a speed of 67 km/h. There is only one reason behind their fast running. Saving their lives from deadly predators which they are also successful.
03. Springbok (Top Speed: 55 mph)
Perhaps you must have seen this animal for the first time, then let us tell you that they belong to the family of deer. He is the father of everyone in running. If someone follows them, they will probably exhaust him and kill him.
With a top speed of 55 mph (88 km/h), Springbok also makes high jumps and that too is not a jump like that. Jumps about six feet high and they suddenly take sharp turns while running straight. Catching them is like catching a car running at high speed. Like the Springbok runs, hardly any animal in the forest will run.
04. Quarter Horse (Top Speed: 53 mph)
If it is a matter of running fast and the name of any horse does not come in it, then it will be a shameful thing for the entire horse community. But while saving the name and honor of its people, Quarter Horse is at 4th in the list of the fastest running land animals in the world.
The Cotter Horse is one of the most popular horse breeds in the USA, commonly seen in racing and horse shows. Small height, muscular strong body, and running at a speed of 53 mph (84 to 88 km/h), these horses are everyone’s favorite.
Quarter Horses can run fast, but they are not made for long routes for short distances. Yes, if they get into the race, it is as difficult to defeat them as to save someone’s life by falling from the 50th floor.
05. Wildebeest (Top Speed: 51 mph)
The wildebeest that hails from Eastern and South Africa is also called “Gnu”. These animals, which look like cows, are of two types. Black and Blue. Their color size and horn structure are different. When it comes to running, both types of wildebeest can run as fast as a lion and can even run faster than a lion.
Due to their high-speed quality and large size, they leave behind good animals and do not get caught quickly. But these poor animals fail before the ingenuity of humans. People in Africa like to hunt them and eat their meat.
06. Lion (Top Speed: 50 mph)
Everyone knows about the lion that it is famous for hunting, but no one understands how many papads have to be made to hunt the poor king of the jungle.
Although the lion can run at a speed of 50 mph (80 km/h), but only for short distances, due to the heavyweight, it is not able to chase its prey for a very long distance. For this reason, when attacking, it is very important for them to be near their prey.
If once their speed decreased. So understand that the work is bad, then that victim is not going to come in their hands. The slightest distance in attack forces them to starve. It happens many times that even after such a good speed, they are not destined to hunt.
07. Blackbuck (Top Speed: 50 mph)
Yes you are understanding right. This is the same animal whose hunt led to a case against superstar Salman Khan. Many people do not know about the Black Buck found in India and Nepal, that this beautiful-looking animal can run at a speed of 50 mph (80 km/h). i.e. disappeared in the blink of an eye.
Amazing looking and running blackbuck horns are 14 to 30 inches long. Due to these unique horns, people hunt them in large numbers. This is the reason that this animal has been one of the Danger Species for years, but a person compelled by habit still does not believe.
08. Greyhound (Top Speed: 45 mph)
The greyhound is not only a hunting and old breed dog but also one of the fast-running animals on land. In ancient times, due to the speed of these dogs, they were used to hunt animals like rabbits, foxes, and deer. Greyhounds run at a speed of 45 mph (72 km/h) , tearing the wind.
The muscular body and strong legs play an important role in running at such a speed. If Greyhound falls after someone, then its escape is as difficult as it is to escape from the clutches of a lion. Because of their quality, now many people keep them like pets in their homes.
09. African Wild Dog (Top Speed: 45 mph)
The African Wild Dog is one of the dangerous breeds found in South Africa, which attacks its prey by running at a speed of 45 mph (72 km/h). They mostly live in large herds. Their bond is stronger than that of hyenas. The body structure of the African wild dog is strange and their eyes are so dreadful that anyone can sweat by seeing them.
Even wild animals and humans are afraid of African wild dogs because they hunt in herds. Many times these dogs clean their hands even on the wild buffalo and also snatch the prey of other animals when given a chance. That means their whole hooliganism goes on.
10. Zebra (Top Speed: 41 mph)
One of the fastest running animals on the ground is the black and white striped animal Zebra. People consider them innocent animals like donkeys, but they are not such animals. Zebra can run at an hour speed of 41 mph (65 km/h).
Most of these animals like lions, cheetahs, African wild dogs, Nile crocodiles and hyenas keep an eye on them, to avoid them, zebras also run in a zigzag pattern.
The quality of running fast in zebra is from childhood. Their small children also start running only after about 24 hours of birth. Did you know about the speed skill of Zebra before today? Do let us know by commenting.
11. Hyena (Top Speed: 40 mph)
Seeing this animal, many times people make the mistake of thinking of them as a dog of a particular breed, but those who have such a misconception. Tell them that in colloquial we call this dangerous animal a hyena. The hyena chases prey at a speed of 40 mph (64 km/h) and eats its prey by ruthlessly plucking its hands and feet in the herd.
Not only this, Hyena also captures the prey of other animals and due to its speed, many times they can easily hunt large animals too. It is very difficult for any animal to escape Hyena’s speed and cunning. Do not spare even humans when given this opportunity.
12. Jackrabbit (Top Speed: 30 mph)
To say, there is a Rabbit in the name of this animal, but in reality, it is the Hare that belongs to the family of Rabbits, whether it is Rabbits or Hares. For wild animals, these are both meat and when all the animals have their eyes on them, they will not allow themselves to be sacrificed like this. Jackrabbit will try to save himself.
To escape from the hunter, Jackrabbit runs at a speed of about 38 mph (60 km/h). That too in zigzag patterns. Not only this, but due to the strength of his front legs, he also makes long jumps. You will probably be surprised to hear that Jack Rabbit can jump about 20 feet in one go. If they live on the ground, can they dodge even the eagle living in the sky?
So this is the fastest land animal. Knowing about these, you must have understood very well that when it comes to saving lives. So what human beings, animals also run as if tires have been fitted to their feet and that is also true. Has it ever happened to you that an animal has followed you and you too have run away with full force? Do share your experience by commenting with us.