Top 10 (11) Fastest Land Animals

As everybody knows, the cheetah is the fastest land animal on Earth. Animals who fill spots two and three don’t get much credit, but who exactly are they? This list shows all 11 of the world’s fastest land animals.

#1: Cheetah

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The cheetah is the fastest land animal on the planet, sprinting at a lofty 70 mph. The cheetah can generally only run this fast for short bursts, so it needs to be close enough to its prey before leaping out and startling the unsuspecting animal. The cheetah has a leaner body than most other predators on the savanna, but does not have the natural ability to fight. Against other predators such as the lion, the cheetah prefers to run away, even when trying to defend its kill or young.

#2: Pronghorn Antelope

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Pronghorn antelopes, another animal on the savanna, can reach speeds of up to 61 mph. They can travel for great distances without getting tired at about half this speed. Pronghorns are named for their large horns that tend to lean backward. Pronghorns are mainly mahogany to reddish brown, and also white at the belly.

#3: Wildebeest

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Wildebeests run at a speeding 50 mph, despite their size. They weigh an average of 475 pounds, and, despite all doubts, are actually antelopes. Their natural predators are the other predators of the savanna, such as the cheetah, lion, and hyena. Newborn wildebeests are a yellow-brownish color, but change to the adult color in about 2 months.

#4: Thomson’s Gazelle

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Thomson’s gazelles are named after the explorer Joseph Thomson. Thomson’s gazelles can run at 50 mph, and are also called “tommies.” These gazelles are brown on the top, black in the midsection, and white on the underbelly. Thomson’s gazelles usually live for 15 years.

#5: Lion

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The King of the Beasts can run at 50 mph, also tying with other animals for the highest speed. Lions are ferocious mammals whose male sports a big, furry and golden mane about his head. Some opinions on lions state it as an overgrown cat. It usually lives for 14 years, and can seem lazy to an innocent bystander.

#6: Quarterhorse

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The Quarterhorse can run at 47.5 mph. The quarterhorse is ideal for running short distances, thus being an enormously popular racehorse. The American Quarterhorse was bred originally from Arab, Turk, and Barb horses.

#7: Greyhound

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Greyhounds are a species of slender and quick dog, and can run as fast as 45.5 mph in response to a commenter’s note. They are often used as racing dogs, and are widely popular for their sleekness.

#8: Elk

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Elk can run at 45 mph. They have large antlers like a caribou or moose, spreading out to the side. Elk are mainly peaceful grazers, and most reside in the plains and forests of Washington. It is the second largest deer species in the world.

#9: Cape Hunting Dog

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The cape hunting dog, or the African Wild Dog, has multiple colorations on its fur. Cape hunting dogs generally run at 45 mph. Cape hunting dogs are not domesticated animals, and eat the same way other predators of a savanna does.

#10: Coyote

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Coyotes can run at 43 mph, being slightly slower than the elk or cape hunting dog. Coyotes hunt small prey, such as rabbits and squirrels. Coyotes can be found almost everywhere in the world. Coyotes are famous for their yelping, howling, and barking.

#11: Gray Fox

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They gray fox, aka the grey fox, can run at 42 mph. It is, as you can see, very bushy-tailed and solitary. These foxes are omnivores, eating both berries and small animals. These animals have a sharp sense of smell and are mostly nocturnal. They do not hibernate.

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  1. ...... Says...

    On February 17, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    I love the pics!
    Ty for such a good post


  2. innocous Says...

    On March 9, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    What about the greyhound? Personally my greyhound was clocked by a police a/b radar gun at 45.5 mph. That after he broke his hock racing. So I believe you may have to revise your list.


  3. bob Says...

    On May 14, 2009 at 4:32 pm

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  4. doesnt matter Says...

    On May 14, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    What about the greyhound? Personally my greyhound was clocked by a police a/b radar gun at 45.5 mph. That after he broke his hock racing. So I believe you may have to revise your list.
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  5. razorsharp1 Says...

    On May 14, 2009 at 10:35 pm

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  6. rebecca Says...

    On July 16, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    The picture you have for the cape hunting dog is actually a maned wolf…


  7. Joe Lewis Says...

    On July 23, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    what about the Saiga Antelope?


  8. who cares Says...

    On September 1, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    who cares it is animals thise website is wack!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  9. lola Says...

    On September 8, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    this website is not wack your the one that does not know how to spell……………your so dummmm


  10. i say so Says...

    On September 8, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    i love any kind of animals their so cute!!!!!!!!!!♥♥♥


  11. jessica sidwell Says...

    On January 15, 2010 at 6:30 am

    boo


  12. Lisa Says...

    On April 27, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    What about the ostrich? Is that not considered a land animal? It goes 70 mph as well.


  13. None Says...

    On June 9, 2010 at 11:32 am

    First off, the picture of a “greyhound” is actually a whippet. Second, the picture of a “cape hunting dog” is actually a maned fox/ maned wolf. I like the rest of the information but please give correct photos so people can get truthful information.

    PS: I also would like to know why the ostrich isn’t on this list. If it is because it is a bird then the title should say “Top 10 fastest land mammals”.

    Thank You!


  14. snake lover Says...

    On October 21, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    i dont think a gray hound is faster than a cheetah


  15. Joking(not) Says...

    On October 22, 2010 at 1:28 am

    No one said that “a Greyhound is faster than a cheetah”, dummy


  16. elaine Says...

    On November 20, 2010 at 4:23 am

    why arent tigers or leopards are on that!
    its wrong leopards are faster than stupid lions!


  17. Adoreable Breezy Says...

    On January 24, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    whats up


  18. dahiana Says...

    On January 24, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    this is very stupid


  19. katie Says...

    On February 15, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    i think that cheetah are very fast i wish we was the same.


  20. aaliyah Says...

    On March 5, 2011 at 9:45 am

    that was no help for me


  21. Adorable Breezy Says...

    On March 31, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    no body ever says any thing interesting on this website


  22. Zednik Says...

    On April 30, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Coyotes are Nth American – they are not found all over the world


  23. Fast animals | Digitalmemoriesusa Says...

    On May 29, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    [...] Top 10 (11) Fastest Land Animals | SciencerayAs everybody knows, the cheetah is the fastest land animal on Earth. Animals who fill spots two and three don’t get much credit, but who exactly are they? This list shows all 11 of the world’s fastest land animals. … The King of the Beasts can run at 50 mph, also tying with other animals for the highest speed. [...]


  24. noname Says...

    On September 18, 2011 at 7:34 am

    Thanks man, you helped me :)


  25. Alex Says...

    On January 22, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Where’s the ostrich?


  26. always right hehe Says...

    On May 23, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    dude weres the ostrig you are soooooo dumd you suck >:(


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