Top 10 Fastest Land Animals In the World

Humans can be quite fast, but we’re nothing compared to the speed some animals can reach. The following ranking shows you which land species (which excludes birds) are the fastest on our planet sorted by the maximum speed they’re able to reach.

1. Cheetah

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Maximum speed: Up to 114 km/h or 71 mph
Natural habitat: Africa, Western Asia, Southern Asia

2. Pronghorn

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Maximum speed: Up to 89 km/h or 55 mph
Natural habitat: North America (USA & Canada)

3. Springbok

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Maximum speed: Up to 88 km/h or 55mph
Natural habitat: Southwestern Africa

4. Wildebeest

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Maximum speed: Up to 81 km/h or 50 mph
Natural habitat: Southern Africa

5. Lion

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Maximum speed: Up to 81 km/h or 50 mph
Natural habitat: Sub-Saharan Africa, Western India

6. (tied) Blackbuck & Hare & Jaguar

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Maximum speeds: Up to 80 km/h or 50 mph each
Natural Habitats:
Blackbuck: South Asia
Hare: Asia, Europe, North America
Jaguar: South America, Central America, small parts of North America

7. Greyhound

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Maximum speed: Up to 74 km/h or 46 mph
Natural habitat: Europe

8. African Wild Dog

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Maximum speed: Up to 72 km/h or 45 mph
Natural habitat: Africa

9. Kangaroo

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Maximum speed: Up to 71 km/h or 44 mph
Natural habitat: Australia

10. Horse

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Maximum speed: Up to 70 km/h or 44 mph.
Natural habitat: All continents except Antarctica


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