Africa’s Top 10 Fastest Animals!
The cheetah is the world’s fastest land animal and can reach speeds of up to 113 km/h (70 mph). That’s around 0-30 mph in as little as 3 seconds (as good as most Ferraris), and it can retain its cruise speed for several hundred meters (+/- 400 m). The long legs have non-retractable claws which enable extra grip on the ground, and the cat uses its tail for proper balance and change of direction.
Over 250 kg of pure and powerful muscle, which can run as fast as 81 km/h (50.3 mph)! Not bad for the “king of the jungle”, huh? 🙂
Preyed upon by lions and occasionally cheetah, wildebeest’d better run fast if they want to keep up with their assailants! They may have poor eyesight, but their pace is rather impressive: up to 80 km/h (50 mph)!
The ostrich is by far the best bird runner out there, and also the fastest two-legged animal in the world. Although it cannot fly, it sure can run: 72 km/h (45 mph)!
5. Thomson’s Gazelle
In the Serengeti plains, these little guys are a cheetah’s favourite meal! Easy prey you might say, but Thomson’s gazelles have great stamina and legs that propel them to speeds in excess of 65 km/h (40 mph)! Nine times out of ten, they will outrun any predator over longer distances, and can produce sharp turns with ease.