There are many animals that can claim the prize of being the fastest animal in the world. The Peregrine falcon is by far the fastest of all animal types in the world with a top speed of around 200mph when completing a hunting dive. The fastest fish is the Sail fish with a top speed of 68 mph. The fastest insect is said to be the Desert Locust with an average air speed of 21 mph, though other insects may fly faster, this is the only insect whose flight speed has been accurately measured.
What Is The Fastest Land Based Animal?
It is commonly agreed that the fastest land based animal is the Cheetah with a top speed of 70 mph. The Cheetah can only keep this up for short distances and uses its speed to ambush its prey. Cheetahs are found in Africa particularly in Saharan Africa. They usually have a territory of about 20 square miles. They are one of the smaller members of the large cat family with an average weight of about 50 kilograms. They can accelerate from 0-43 miles in under two seconds. In 2009 a female cheetah at the Cincinnati Zoo covered 100 meters in a time of 6.13 seconds! When chasing their prey Cheetah can maintain a consistent speed of 50 mph. The name Cheetah comes from a Hindi word meaning spotted animal.
The video of the world record breaking cheetah (at the Cincinnati Zoo):
The second fastest land based animal in the world is the pronghorn antelope which can reach a top speed of 61 mph. This animal can be found in the interior west and central North America.