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Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Biology: Fastest Animals

Fastest running animal: Cheetah.

  • Latin name: Acinonyx jubatus.
  • Speed: Between 112 and 120 km/h (70 and 75 mph). It can go from 0 to 103 km/h (64 mph) in three seconds.
  • Info: Cheetahs like to live in wide open spaces like grasslands, though they can be found in a variety of locations. The cheetah is a carnivore, eating mostly mammals under 40 kg (88 lb), including the Thomson's Gazelle, the Grant's gazelle, the springbok and the impala. The cheetah hunts by vision rather than by scent.
Sources: Wikipedia

Fastest flying animal: Peregrine Falcon
  • Latin name: Falco peregrinus
  • Speed: 200 mph (320 km/h).
  • Info: The Peregrine falcon is a formidable predator. Worldwide it is estimated to prey on 1500 - 2000 bird species. Those that nest on Arctic tundra and winter in South America fly as many as 15,500 miles (25,000 kilometers) in a year.
Sources: Wikipedia, National Geographic

Fastest swimming animal: Sailfish

Latin name: Istiophorus Platypterus

Speed: 68 mph (110 km/h)

Info: The two main subspecies of sailfish, Atlantic and Indo-Pacific, range throughout the warm and temperate parts of the world’s oceans. They feed on schools of smaller fish like sardines and anchovies.

Sources: National Geographic

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