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Brown Hare

  • Speed: 77kph (48mph)

The European hare, also known as the brown hare, is the largest hare species and one of the fastest terrestrial mammals that can be found in Europe and other parts of Asia. These cute creatures are herbivores, which means that they feed on grasses, herbs and other various plants. Even though they are generally nocturnal animals, they can also be seen in daylight during the spring. 

European hares’ breeding season lasts from January to August, and females can be pregnant in all breeding months, while males are fertile almost all year round. Their babies are active as soon as they are born. They reach high speed endurance running to hide from predators, such as birds of prey, canids, felids and the red fox which have the same speed.  

 

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Blue Wildebeest, Springbok and Thomson’s gazelle

  • Speed: 80kph (50mph)

The blue wildebeest is a large antelope and one of the fastest animals on Earth. They are herbivores, which means that their diet consists of short grasses. The blue wildebeest’s breeding season starts at the end of the rainy season and females give birth to a calf after a gestational period of 8.5 months. The calf will stay with its mother for almost 8 months. 

The springbok can be found in southern and southwestern Africa and their slender and long legs help them be one of the fastest animals in the world. They are active around dawn and dusk and can feed at night in hot weather. In general, their social behavior is similar to that of Thomson’s gazelle. Springboks feed on shrubs, young succulents and other various grasses. They are able to survive without water because they meet their water needs from the food they eat. 

Thomson’s gazelle is a famous species of gazelles and is named after explorer Joseph Thomson. They can be found in Africa and can reach speeds of 80-90 km/h (50-55 mph). According to animal experts, Thomson’s gazelle is the 4th fastest land animal, after the cheetah – its main predator as with springboks.

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