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5 Fastest Animals in the World

Updated on February 4, 2015

Do you know some of the fastest animals in the world?

I have always been fond of animals and fascinated with all the interesting stuff about animals. They are just amazing. There are extremely fast animals, there large animals, there are very unusual animals - all sorts. The more I research the more fascinated I get.

I will show you in this list some of the fastest animals in the world and I intend to update this list by adding more animals that belong to this category.

I hope you will enjoy and learn some new things.

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1.Peregrine falcon

Peregrine falcon is the fastest bird and fastest animal on planet. It reaches speed over 322km/h. This speed is reached when hunting. It goes high up in the sky and then plunges to its victim grabbing it by the throat.

Peregrine falcons live on every continent on the planet and have been identified more than 10 subspecies. Peregrine falcon habitats are mountain landscapes, river valleys, deserts, high plains, coastline.

2. Cheetah

Cheetah can reach the speed up to 115km/h. It has a stretchy spine which allows cheetah to make very big jumps. But it only runs very fast in short distances and it must take a rest after approximately 500 meters.

The largest number of cheetah is in the plains of Serengeti in Tanzania. They also populate wetter part of savannah, forests, hills and even mountains. Rainforest is the only area that they avoid.

3. Sailfish

It can reach speed of 110km/h. Because of its structure and shape of the body is able to achieve this speed. Sailfish can grow up to 3 meters and weigh 100 kilograms. They usually can be found in warmer waters and regions.

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4. Lion

Lion reaches speed of 88km/h. It weights around 225kg. Lion is an animal from the cat family, but unlike other cats they live in packs. Lion is the largest animal in Africa, and it has yellow-brownsih-gold fur.

Lions can sleep up to 20 hours a day, and they are awake for only 4 hours. Baby lions are in danger when they are alone, especially from hyenas, and other predators.

5. Ostrich

It reaches a speed of about 72.5km/h. It can weigh up to 160kg. They can survive long without water, but when there is water they are happy to take a bath and play in water. From very great distance they can spot lions.

Ostriches stay away from forests and remain in open habitats with huge, unshielded view. They often travel in the company of the larger mammals such as the South African large antelopes and zebras, which is of mutual benefit.

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    • JohnTannahill profile image

      John Tannahill 

      5 years ago from Somewhere in England

      "Peregrine falcon habitats are mountain landscapes, river valleys, deserts, high plains, coastline."

      And, city suburbs in southeast England, or so it seems. I see them flying by my house every once in a while. I was very keen on Peregrines when I was a kid, but I never actually saw one for real until a couple of years ago. We have a pair that nest in the nearby church spire and more come over in winter to escape the cold in Scandinavia. They are awesome.

    • Rankography profile image


      5 years ago

      Ostrich, really? Who Knew?

    • profile image


      5 years ago

      i thought Cheetah was the fastest

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      5 years ago

      I knew most of these were pretty fast, but did not realize the peregrine falcon was *that* fast!

    • audrey07 profile image


      5 years ago

      I didn't an ostrich can run that fast. Fascinating!

    • Elsie Hagley profile image

      Elsie Hagley 

      5 years ago from New Zealand

      I love seeing lens with animals. Thanks for sharing.

    • takkhisa profile image


      5 years ago

      It is great to read this type of animal lens, very informative.

    • TACTCI LM profile image

      TACTCI LM 

      5 years ago

      Very well done, my kids will like this animal lens a lot!

    • FunMoneyBusiness profile image

      Sharyn Read 

      5 years ago from ... either in the kitchen or at my laptop...

      The cheetah is an incredible animal, so graceful and powerful. The ostrich is a surprise though! Fun lens!

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      5 years ago

      Wow! Ostrich. Who would have thought?

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      5 years ago

      I had no idea that sailfish were that fast!

    • pumpum profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @DaveP2307: I will put it on the list. It is prepared. :) Thanks for visit.

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      5 years ago

      you should add more descriptive headings, good seo practice though!

    • DaveP2307 profile image


      5 years ago

      Very interesting Lens.

      Don't forget the Greyhound. The fastest breed of dog, I believe.

    • pumpum profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @anonymous: I will add in time. i just published it but I will add more stuff in time, I will spread the list. I didn't want to put everything now. Thanks for visiting.

    • pumpum profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @TolovajWordsmith: I agree :)

    • TolovajWordsmith profile image

      Tolovaj Publishing House 

      5 years ago from Ljubljana

      Cheetah is poetry in motion:)

    • pumpum profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @gregs411: Mine too :)

    • gregs411 profile image


      5 years ago

      The cheetah is my favorite.


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