Cape Hunting Dog
It looks like a hyena but it’s not. The Cape Hunting Dog is called by several other names like ornate wolf and painted dog and can reach speeds of up to 45 mph (72 kph).
Don’t let its size fool you, the second largest species of deer, the elk or wapiti can reach speeds of up to 45 mph (72 kph).
Remember that fable about the hare and the tortoise? Even though it’s just a fable, there’s truth to how fast a jackrabbit can run. These little guys can outrun their predators at 45 mph (72 kph) through a combination of leaps and zigzags. It can even leap an impressive 3 m (9.8 ft) in one bound.
These mighty felines are the second largest living cat and can reach maximum speeds of up to 50 mph (80 kph).
Native to the Indian continent, this antelope has been classified as near threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and is also the last of its species in the genus Antilope. Clocking at 50 mph (80 kph), these antelopes are hunted by feral cats and wolves.
Wildebeest, also known as gnu, looks larger and slower than the usual antelope yet it can reach top speeds of up to 50 mph (80 kph).
These guys have been clocked at 55 mph (88 kph).
The Springbok can reach speeds of up to 62 mph (100 kph).
There really isn’t an accurate measurement of the pronghorn antelope’s top speed but it has been clocked at 61 mph (98 kph) with indications that it can actually run faster. Being that it has larger vital organs such as the lungs and heart, it can sustain this lightning speed longer than the cheetah. However…
The cheetah is the fastest land animal in the world and is able to reach speeds of up to 70 mph (112 kmph). The cheetah can cover distances up to 500 m and can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in five seconds (better than most sports cars).