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Average Animals Running Speed

Have you ever wondered how fast different animals can run? Turns out, there’s a lot of variation. Some animals are capable of running incredibly fast, while others are more moderate in their speed. Read on to learn more about average animal running speeds and some of the fastest creatures on Earth. You might be surprised by some of the results!

Elephant Speed:

Elephants are big animals. Surprisingly they can run fast and reach maximum speed up to 40 km/h, which is about 25 mph. In an average elephants can run 16 kmph (10 mph).

Elephant Average Speed: 55 km/h
Elephant Top Speed: 64 km/h

For example, The Borneo elephant is the largest subspecies of Asian elephant. it can reach speeds of up to 40 kilometers per hour, making it one of the fastest land animals on the island.

Jaguar Speed:

The Jaguar can run at speeds of up to 60 miles per hour in short bursts

Jaguar Average Speed: 80 km/h
Jaguar Top Speed: 95 km/h

Tiger Speed:

Tigers are capable of running fast. Despite of their huge body weight they can reach maximum speed up to 65 km/h, which is about 40 mph. Tigers can leap about 30 to 33 ft in length.

Tiger Average Speed: 40 km/h
Tiger Top Speed: 65 km/h

Wolf Speed:

Have you ever wondered how fast wolves can run? Wolves are typically known to be one of the most agile and fastest animals in the world. Surprisingly, their average running speed is about only 25 mph. This may not seem very fast to us humans, but for an animal that is typically around 50-80 pounds, this is pretty impressive! In order to understand just how fast a wolf can run, let’s take a closer look at their anatomy and physiology.

Wolf Average Speed: 35 km/h
Wolf Top Speed: 40 km/h

Hyena Speed:

Spotted hyenas can run up to 43 mph (70 km/h), making them one of the fastest mammals in Africa.

Hyena Average Speed: 60 km/h
Hyena Top Speed: 70 km/h

Lion Speed:

Lion king of the jungle can reach maximum speed of 80 km/h however lasts only for few minutes. Hence Lion try to be close to their prey before they starting the attack.

Lion Average Speed: 60 km/h
Lion Top Speed: 80 km/h

Rhino Speed:

Rhinoceros can run maximum speed about 56 kmph, considering huge body weight of rhinoceros this is very good speed. White rhinoceros run less speed than black rhinoceros. White rhinoceros can reach 50 kmph top speed. Rhinoceros can run faster than Elephants.

Rhino Average Speed: 40 km/h
Rhino Top Speed: 56 km/h

Deer Speed:

Deer are the ruminant mammals forming the family Cervidae. The two main groups are the Cervinae, including the muntjac, the fallow deer and the chital, and the Capreolinae, including the reindeer, the Western roe deer, and the Eurasian elk.

Deer can reach maximum speed of 80 kmph. However, maximum speed recorced for White-tailed deer is about 75 kmph. Caribou and reindeer can run up to 60 to 80 kmph.

Deer Average Speed: 60 km/h
Deer Top Speed: 80 km/h

Bear Speed:

Bears can reach maximum speed up to 56 kmph, which is approximately 35 mph. Fat bears can overheat and tire quickly. Bears can outreach humans easily. Bears can run comportably in downhill, uphill and flat ground.

Bear Average Speed: 40 km/h
Bear Top Speed: 56 km/h

Rabbit Speed:

Rabbits have extremely strong hind limbs which allow them to which allow them to run fast. Rabbits can easily reach maximum speed to 70 kmph, which is approximately about 44 mph.

Rabbit Average Speed: 40 km/h
Rabbit Top Speed: 70 km/h

Zebra Speed:

Zebras have long, thin legs for ease of movement and quick, efficient which help them to escapes from predators. Zebras are capable of running at speeds of up to 64 kilometers per hour.

Zebra Average Speed: 40 km/h
Zebra Top Speed: 64 km/h

Cheetah Speed: ( Fastest Animal )

No doubt Cheetah is undisputed worlds fastest land animal. An adult cheetah can accelerate its speed from 0-60 in 3 seconds. Cheetah can reach maximum speed up to 120 km/h, which is about 75 mph.

Cheetah Average Speed: 100 km/h
Cheetah Top Speed: 130 km/h


While there are many factors that go into determining an animal’s speed, it is interesting to see how the average speeds of some common animals compare. The cheetah has long been known as the fastest land animal on earth.  hope you enjoyed reading about the average running speeds of different animals. What was your favorite fact?

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