Saturday, December 3, 2011

How fast can lions run?

ANSWER: Lions can reach a top speed of 48 to 59 kilometers per hour. That is 30 to 37 miles per hour (mph).  Lions are said to have poor stamina. They puff and pant after a fast run over 100 yards. The lion has longer limbs in relation to overall size than the tiger but it is not a specialist runner. The lion's limbs are more a weapon than as a means of transport!

At top speed and with a flying start the lion would run the 100 yards in 5.5 seconds. From a standing start the cheetah can run the 100 yards in about 6 seconds.

The speed of the lion was assessed by George Beals Schalle, an American naturalist born 1933.

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