The cheetah is known as the fastest land animal in the world and can run an incredible 75 miles per hour. Mother cheetahs can have up to 9 cubs at a time. Although they run faster than any other animal, cheetahs are known for being some of the slowest eaters.
02. Free Tail Bat
The free tail bat can fly at speeds up to 60 miles an hour. These bats live mostly around Texas and Mexico. When they go out at night they eat moths, beetles, bees, and ants.
The pronghorn comes in #3 with a top speed of 55 miles per hour. The pronghorn loves to eat plants, including some that are toxic to sheep and cattle. When pronghorns are born they can weigh as little as 4-8 pounds. That’s less than most human babies!
The Springbok is right there with the pronghorn clocking in between 50-55 miles per hour. Springboks are found in Africa and have been known to jump up to 13 feet in the air while running.
Wildebeest top out at 50 miles per hour which may be a little bit slower than some of the other animals on our list, but they weigh up to 600 pounds! In the wild, wildebeests rely on their sharp horns for protection from other animals.
The blackbuck comes in at 50 miles per hour just like the wildebeest. However, this tiny guy is nowhere near as heavy. They have spiral horns on their heads and the males lean back to show these off to the lady blackbucks.
07. Thomson’s Gazelle
Just behind the blackbuck, but only by a hair, the Thomson’s Gazelle comes in at 45-50 miles per hour. They look very similar to the springbok but they’re even smaller! When they’re not running around they like to eat grass all day and play.
The greyhound is just like any other dog, except it can reach speeds of up to 44 miles per hour after only taking 6 steps! Greyhounds are the fastest type of dog and in the past they were used to chase down deer and fox.
09. Brown Hare
The brown hare is related to the common rabbit but is much quicker, clocking in at 43 miles per hour. The brown hare is mostly found in Europe and Asia and is nocturnal, meaning it is mostly active during the night.
Horses are some of the fastest land animals that a person can keep as a pet. Ending our top 10 list, horses have been measured at 43 miles per hour. In the 1800’s, horses were used to deliver the mail as part of the Pony Express. The oldest horse on record was 62 years old!