The 9 Fastest Animals on Earth

The pronghorn antelope is the world's fastest land animal. Montana, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, and other states have them. Pronghorns' speed helps them dodge wolves and grizzlies


Like cheetahs, springboks live in Southern Africa. Cheetahs, leopards, spotted hyenas, lions, and wild dogs eat them. Springboks can run 55 mph. They're slower than cheetahs, but more durable. 


This is the quickest horse breed. They're not good farm horses. Rodeos and barrel races employ them. American quarter horses have been domesticated since the 1860s.

Quarter Horse

Ostriches are famous flightless birds. They have tremendous legs and speed. Few other birds can match the ostrich's top speed on land. Including avian air speed is another matter.


Peregrine falcons are the world's fastest animal. Peregrine falcons can dive at 250 mph. They convert their bodies into bullets and can slash through the air with no wind resistance, achieving tremendous speeds.

Peregrine Falcons

Golden eagles can dive 150-200 mph like peregrines. The golden eagle dwarfs the peregrine. These eagles can hunt deer. Golden eagles inhabit the western U.S.

Golden Eagles 

Bluefin tuna is quick, like other popular game fish. These huge fish are eaten. They can be 12 feet long and 1500 pounds. Bluefin tuna can swim up to 43 mph.

Bluefin Tuna

Orcas are 12k pounds and 26 feet long. Despite being small, they can hunt at 35 mph or more. Orcas have no natural enemies. They hunt great whites.


A cheetah can reach 70 mph. Cheetahs can flex and extend their spines when running. In spine flexion, with the cat's legs under its thorax, the scapula and hip can rotate so far that the front and back legs overlap.


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