Hello profilers! How fast can you run? Research suggests that human beings could run as fast as 40 miles an hour in theory but sprint speeds average to closer to 12-15 mph.
You may be thinking, “that’s not too shabby,” but as you will see, a 15 mph sprint would not be enough to win a race with any of the fastest animals on earth.
Many animals can go much faster than we can—some of them predatory. What is the fastest animal on earth? Let’s find out. 12 fastest land animal in the world.
12: 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 plays a significant role 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.
Number 11: Jackrabbit – 45 Mph
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.
Number 10: African Wild dog – 44mph
Inhabit in the Sub – Saharan Africa, African wild dog is one of the most endangered mammals in the world. This extremely social animal lives in large packs that contain up to 40 members.
African wild dogs are opportunistic predators who mainly target antelopes and gazelles. While chasing, speed gives them a significant advantage. These wild dogs are capable of running at speed up to 44 mph.
Number 9: 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.
Number 8: 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.
Number 7: Lion – 55 Mph
It doesn’t seem strange at all when lion appear in this list 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 50-55 mph. But they can only keep this pace for a short distance.
Number 6: SPRINGBOK // 55 MPH
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
Number 5: Horse – 56mph
Horse is one of the fastest animals in the world with the running speed that beat dogs and deer Currently, there are 350 different horse species in the world and they all have the ability to run like real athletes.
Depending on the species, their speed can reach up to 56mph if they run with all of their strength. Horses are also known with their stability, flexibility as well as good cooperation.
Number 4: Pronghorn Antelope (60mph)
Pronghorn Antelope ,It can easily out-sprint most predators at speeds as high as 60 miles per hour. Interestingly enough, a pronghorn antelope is not actually an old world antelope, and is native to North America.
Actual antelopes are quite fast as well, but not as fast as the pronghorn. Also curious is the fact that the pronghorn is far faster than the predators which inhabit North America.
This seems to indicate that it evolved its great speed at some point in the past under the threat of a now-extinct predator, perhaps the American cheetah.
The pronghorn has a number of special adaptations that allow it to function at high speeds, including cushioned, pointed toes to absorb shock, and extra large organs that assist with air intake.
Number 3: Mexico tailless bat – 61mph
It is the smallest animal in this list. Mexico tailless bat is the species that has an incredible speed amongst land animals.
Long wings, narrow with sharp edges help this bat reaches a flying speed of 61mph, and also balances their speed as well.
They are found in Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, America…Many scientists claimed that the American Air Force used this bat species to transfer all the bombs to Japanese territory in the second world war
And now is the most exciting part of the, decoding the most controversial photo In the photo, there’s a cheetah running with a really high speed, even faster than a car, it is the cheetah species that.
Number 2: CHEETAH // 65 MPH
The fastest animal in the world is of course the cheetah. This animal is actually only slightly faster than the pronghorn antelope, and can reach speeds of up to 65 miles per hour.
This record was set by an 11 year old cheetah in 2012 named Sarah. Unlike most of the other animals on this list, the cheetah is a predator.
It represents a serious threat to animals on this list that inhabit the same geographic areas. The cheetah is a sprinter, not a long distance runner, but pairs agility with speed for deadly attack runs.
Cheetahs are also very fast accelerators, and can ramp up their speed four times faster than human beings can. They can also pull to a stop extremely fast.
It is also interesting to note that the speed and agility of the cheetah is not matched by strength. The cheetah is fairly fragile and will lose in most fights with other predators.
As a result, they will quickly surrender prey to competitors. An injured cheetah may not be able to run quickly, which can put its life in danger.
Number 1: PEREGRINE FALCON // 200+ MPH
It’s often said that the peregrine falcon can fly around 200 mph, which isn’t the entire story. In level flight, the peregrine falcon is usually thought to max out at 40 to 60 mph—fast, but not ridiculously so.
It reaches its top speed by falling in a specialized hunting dive called a stoop. For years, there was suspicion of this top speed, and in the 1990s, some researchers pegged the birds at a more reasonable stoop speed of 90 miles per hour.
It wasn’t until the 2000s that a researcher began skydiving with a peregrine falcon. Together they were diving at speeds well in excess of 200 mph.
Have you seen that human speed is inconsiderable in this list? 200mph is a really incredible speed, as fast as those costly racing cars in the world if you press the gas pedal all the way down to the ground. If we could run as fast as them, it would have been so amazing