If there was a race between all the land mammals in the world, it would be pretty embarrassing for humans (even if we used Usain Bolt). There are some astonishingly fast mammals around the globe, and many of these animals rely on their speed to hunt down their prey whilst some use their speed to evade predators. It can be truly breathtaking to see these animals at full speed, but also quite alarming too. These animals come in all kinds of different shapes and sizes, so we will be looking at their maximum speed to determine the winner.
10. African Wild Dog
African wild dogs are some of the best hunters in the world, and rarely will their prey manage to escape. This is largely due to their speed and ability to maintain it, as they have been known to reach a maximum of 71 km/h (44 mph). They can maintain a speed of around 56-60 km/h (35-37 mph) for 4.8 km (3 mi), and they will often catch antelopes that have suffered from exhaustion after a blistering chase. They also have various hunting strategies for different sized prey, but no matter the size or speed of the prey, they will usually be the ones to come out on top. They are also hunted though, and this is by an animal you certainly don’t want on your tail—the lion. African wild dogs are native to Sub-Saharan Africa are mostly found in savanna and arid zones.