If something moves, somebody else wants to know how fast it goes, and what version is fastest. There’s no denying it, the need for speed is in our blood. These maximum recorded speeds recorded for mammals are measured over various short distances.
Here I have compiled some of the fastest mammals of our planet. I hope you will like it.
A member of the cat family, the cheetah leads the way as the world’s fastest mammal. It is Capable of speeds between 70-75 miles per hour. Cheetah has an accelerating speed of 0-60mph in just 3 seconds.
The Pronghorn Antelope is a hoofed mammal native to North America. It is built for maximum predator evasion, with speeds recorded varying from 40-57mph. Pronghorn is capable of maintaining its top speed over much longer distances due to its large heart and lungs.
One of two species of wildebeest, the Blue Wildebeest is a grazing animal found in Africa. The blue wildebeest move in large migratory herds and are capable of speeds up to 50mph when necessary.
At one time the second most common mammal in the world after humans, the Lion is these days found mostly in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. The lion can achieve speeds of up to 50 miles per hour when hunting its prey.
The Springbok is a medium sized gazelle, earning its name from its tendency to leap into the air while running to attract a female or evade a predator. Most commonly found in southwestern Africa it can reach running speeds of up to 50mph.
The Brown Hare is native to much of Europe and Western Asia. Slightly larger than a rabbit the Brown Hare is a naturally shy animal and is capable of reaching 48mph to avoid capture.
The Red Fox is a relatively small carnivorous mammal capable of running speeds of 48mph, incidentally the same as one of their prey, the Brown Hare.
The Grant’s gazelle is a mammal found on open grass plains in East Africa. The cheetah, being one of its natural predators, it needs to be quite speedy across the ground and can build up to a fastest speed of over 45mph.
Thomson’s gazelle is native to Africa’s savannahs and grasslands. It can evade predators through its ability to maintain speeds of up to 47mph while turning quickly.
The Horse is a common and highly domesticated animal. They have been used for centuries to carry humans and goods as well as pull objects such as ploughs and carts. Horses have been recorded reaching speeds of 45mph.
Auhor Ahsan Mukhtar