Of the three species with the common name of "hyena", the spotted hyena is the swiftest recorded, with a top speed of 40 miles per hour. This is an adaptation to running down fleet-footed hoofed prey such as antelopes and zebras.
Brown hyenas, another predatory species, can run at speeds between 25 and 31 miles per hour when giving chase to prey.
There is little information on the top speed of striped hyenas, although when foraging they can trot up to 5 miles per hour. Striped hyenas are mostly scavengers and have no need to chase after their food to bring it down.Learn More
Of all the antelopes, the pronghorn is credited as being the swiftest, with a top speed of 55 miles per hour at a sprint. It can sustain a top speed of 30 miles per hour over longer distances.Full Answer >
Wildebeests run at a top speed of about 50 mph. In contrast, the fastest human speed ever recorded is 27.44 mph. Wildebeests are hunted by cheetahs, which can achieve speeds of up to 70 mph in short distances.Full Answer >
Over short distances, cheetahs are significantly faster than ostriches, which have a top speed of slightly more than 40 miles per hour. While ostriches are better distance runners, cheetahs have been clocked at 59 miles per hour.Full Answer >
Foxes are able to run between 30 and 40 miles per hour at their fastest depending on the breed. For example, the common red fox has a top running speed of approximately 48 kilometers per hour, which is around 30 miles per hour. Another example is the gray fox that runs at around 42 miles per hour at its fastest speed.Full Answer >