Speedsters in Animal Kingdom

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You must have heard the line “Speed thrills but it kills”. But in the animal kingdom, the phrase is not applicable. It is this speed that makes these animals unique and also acts as a survival tool. In this article, we will discuss some of the animals with amazing speed. Some of them run, some swim and some fly. Some even hop. But whatever is their locomotion, they are best at it.

These data have been taken from Wikipedia. Just to realize how fast they are, consider this: the top speed of a human is considered to be 44.72 km/h (as per the world record).


Peregrine Falcon:

They are the fastest of all the living animals. Top speed can reach up to 370 km/h or above.


Male species of horse fly are known to be the fastest insect in the world. They can fly at a speed of 140 km/h.


They are the fastest animal on land. They can reach up to a speed of 90 km/h from 0 within 3 seconds. The cheetah can run best at short burst. The endurance of this animal is very poor. The top speed can reach up to 120 km/h.


They are the smallest bird in the world. They can reach up to a speed of 98 km/h.


They are a very good runner and can reach a top speed of 95 km/h. the endurance of an ostrich is very good it can run at a speed of 50 km/h for half an hour. They are the tallest and heaviest species among the birds.

American Antelope:

They are the fastest animal if you consider long distance running. They can run at 56 km/h for a distance of 6 km. whereas the top speed of this animal can reach up to 89 km/h and they can continue it for 800 meters.

Greyhound Dogs:

They are the fastest among all the dogs. Their top speed can reach up to 75 km/h.


The top speed of a horse has been recorded as 70.76 km/h. find more interesting facts about Horses here.


The normal speed of a hopping kangaroo is around 25 km/h. But their top speed can reach up to 70 km/h. More interesting facts about a kangaroo in this article.


Top speed of a Zebra is about 60 km/h. More on Zebra can be found here.

Leatherback sea turtle:

Among the various sea turtles, their bodies are the most hydrodynamic. They can swim at a top speed of 35 km/h. you can find more interesting facts on turtles in this article.

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