In the Real World
The animal is characterized by its large head; two large ears that cover its shoulders and radiate excess heat; a large and muscular trunk; two prominent tusks, which are well-developed in both sexes, although more commonly in males; a short neck; a large, barrel-like body; four long and heavy legs; and a relatively short tail.
The animal is protected by a heavy but flexible layer of gray-brown skin, dotted with mostly undeveloped patches of hair and long, black hair at the tip of its tail. Its back feet have three toes that form a hoof, while the number of toes on the front feet have varied between four and five. The forehead is smoother and less convex than that of the Asian elephant.
The trunk is the most characteristic feature of the African elephant. It is formed by the fusion and elongation of the nose and upper lip, forming a flexible and strong organ made purely of muscle.
In The Lion Guard
Elephants in The Lion Guard vary in shade, but are typically gray or blue-gray in color. They occasionally have darker spots on their bodies. Like real elephants, they are large animals with wide ears and a muscular trunk.
In the Real World
Elephants are large land mammals in two genera of the family Elephantidae: Elephas and Loxodonta. Three species of elephant are living today: the African bush elephant, the African forest elephant and the Asian elephant.
The African bush elephant is the largest living terrestrial animal, normally reaching 6 to 7.3 metres (19.7 to 24.0 ft) in length and 3.5 to 4 metres (11.5 to 13.1 ft) in height at the head, and weighing between 6,000 to 9,000 kg (13,000 to 20,000 lb)..
Elephants are mostly herbivorous. Their diet varies according to their habitat; elephants living in forests, partial deserts, and grasslands all eat different proportions of herbs and tree or shrubbery leaves. These animals typically ingest an average of 225 kg of vegetable matter daily, which is defecated without being fully digested. Elephants are capable of ripping apart all kind of plants, and knock down trees with the tusks if they are not able to reach the tree leaves. Elephants also drink great quantities of water, over 190 liters per day.
In The Lion Guard
The elephants in The Lion Guard live in Kilio Valley. They have their own language, called Elephantese, and have seasonal concerts that feature trumpeting songs, as music is important to them. Elephants are known to take their traditions very seriously, such as the tradition of giving a tribute spoken in Elephantese- Eihe kala pano tou, which translates literally to he had good on him- at the funerals of elephants that have completed their life.
HistoryDon't Make a Stink, Ono has an elephant calf spray Bunga with water using her trunk. Some elephants are seen during the Mashindano. They witness the fight between Pua and Makuu; several of them wince and gasp when Makuu smacks Pua. When the crocodiles later move into Big Springs, the hippos move into the elephants' watering hole, causing the elephants to relocate into the grazing grounds of the zebras and giraffes. After the crocodiles leave Big Springs, the elephants are eventually able to move back to their home. Our Kupatana Community with Zazu. Later, during the song Jackal Style, Reirei slides up the trunk of an elephant. A pair of elephants are also seen among the Pride Landers surrounding the jackals at the end of the song. A number of elephants attend Kupatana and watch the baobab flowers bloom. When the jackals attack, a trio of elephants move together as the jackal pups advance on them and Goigoi darts between their legs. Once the jackals have been rounded up, the elephants eat the baobab flowers.
A young elephant named Mtoto calls out a warning about a hyena attack, causing a female elephant to panic and trumpet loudly. Ono soon explains to her and the other terrified Pride Landers, including a second elephant, that it was only a false alarm. Beshte invites Mtoto to join the Lion Guard as they train, but it doesn't go very well for Mtoto, and Kion eventually suggests that he heads home. Beshte escorts him, and along the way, they pass a lake where another elephant is drinking water.
Later, when Kion is observing the Pride Lands, four elephants are seen standing at the edge of a lake, two on either side.
Some of Rafiki's paintings that are shown in this episode depict elephants.
It is time for the elephants' rainy season concert. Simba reminds his cubs that it is considered an insult if the royal family isn't present for the first song. As the family sets off, Kion is soon informed of antelope in danger and realizes that he will be unable to attend the concert. Simba assures him that the elephants will understand, and as Kion leaves, he tells his family to pass on his greetings to Ma Tembo and the elephants. As the remaining three lions continue, Kiara wonders if the elephants will perform a song with loud trumpeting, and Nala declares that they will, as it's tradition. Soon, Simba falls into a sinkhole, and instructs Kiara and Nala to go to the concert without him, depending on the Guard to rescue him.
At the concert, a small group of elephants, conducted by Ma Tembo, perform for the rest of the herd as well as Nala and Kiara. Ma Tembo makes a small speech, and Simba soon arrives with the Lion Guard, Timon and Pumbaa. He apologizes for missing the concert, and the group performs Hakuna Matata for the elephants.
An elephant rocks Baby Baboon with her trunk, then tosses him away. She glances down in surprise as Fuli dashes by.Simba, Nala, Kion and Kiara gaze out from the top of Pride Rock, some elephants can be seen nearby.
When the legendary eagle, Hadithi arrives in the Pride Lands, he tours the Pride Lands with advice for the animals. When he approaches Zito, his advice isn't quite as helpful at first, until Ono translates it for him.
Later, some elephants can be seen attending Hadithi's Royal Mud Print Ceremony.
Ma Tembo attends the summit.
Ma Tembo's herd search for the new watering source, but they are attacked by hyenas. Once the Lion Guard take care of them, Ma Tembo continues her search, but the animals start to chant around her. After Makini asks for quiet, Ma Tembo and the elephants are able to find the new watering source.
An elephant named Chama wants to move in next to Rafiki, along with his two friends, Mzaha and Furaha. They are returned to their herds, but when it doesn't work out, they regroup. Rafiki, however, still does not allow them to live next to his tree.
Elsewhere, Zito is drinking from a small watering hole with two hippos, when the Lion Guard arrive to warn them of the dry lightning. After the lightning strikes, the Lion Guard quickly work to get the animals out, and run to Rafiki's tree to help him.
When they arrive, Chama and his friends have already done the majority of work involved in saving the mandrills and the tree. They are invited to Makini's painting ceremony, where several other elephants also watch.
In Mizimu Grove, Ma Tembo is ordering her herd around in preparation for the upcoming Ukumbusho celebration. As they prepare, the Lion Guard enter the grove, followed shortly by Makini. Mtoto and his mothernotice Beshte nearby. Mtoto races over to inform his hero that he will be playing the strongest elephant, while his mother takes the role of bravest. As Makini tries to decide which paints to use, Zito and Johari arrive for their paint. Makini overworks herself, unsure of which color she should choose. After reminding herself of shwari, she calms herself and concludes that if there's no wrong place to start, then there cannot be a right place to start either, allowing her to pick a color of her own choice to begin with. , Timon and Pumbaa arrive to coach the Lion Guard. Although hesitant, Ma Tembo allows them to help nonetheless, taking all the help she can get. Suddenly, she remembers that previous Lion Guards have always been lions. Although the Guard can't do anything about this, Makini offers to paint them to look like lions. Ma Tembo is happy for this, though reminds her that she must finish painting the sunbursts on the elephants. Since this is Simba's first Ukumbusho, she is adamant that it must be perfect. Makini continues to paint the elephants, though runs out of yellow paint halfway through Zito's sunburst due to painting the Lion Guard. As tensions rise, Kion and Ma Tembo arrive to see what all the fuss is about. With Kion trying to find a solution that will work for both sides, Makini is then given some extra time to locate some more yellow paint and she does so, finding some yellow flowers. She shoos the bees surrounding them, and returns to finish her job. With time slipping away, Mtoto's Mom practises with Bunga. However, the honey badger struggles to remember his line. Nearby, Timon is also struggling, with not being able to understand the Guard's line with a branch in their mouths. Pumbaa suggests not taking the branch, but Kion reminds him that it's the whole point of the scene. Timon is angered by his refusal to change the act, but Ma Tembo arrives to let them know that the King has arrived. While Makini paints the final sunburst, Ma Tembo speaks with Simba, who is excited about the event. With several elephants and Simba's Pride all waiting anxiously around Mizimu Grove, the event begins, with the Guard singing "May There Be Peace", and telling the tale of Askari, the first Lion Guard leader, and how he brought peace between the elephants and lions, agreeing to protect each other and everyone who obeys the Circle of Life. The event runs smoothly, until a swarm of bees suddenly arrive, chasing the elephants away. Mtoto spraying dirt onto the bees. Kion suggests getting Fuli to direct Mtoto's spurts onto his paint and she does so. As the paint is removed, the bees disperse. Mtoto thanks Beshte for saving him (much to Fuli's chagrin), and Ono quickly locates the elephants heading towards Sehemu Pass. Since the elephants will get stuck there, the Guard follow Ono's shortcut to beat the herd to the pass. When Ma Tembo gets stuck as expected, Mtoto spurts dust onto her head, removing the paint and the bees in the process. After Beshte moves her out of the way, Mtoto and Ma Tembo repeat the process on Zito and Johari. Noticing that his mother is still missing, Ono locates her on Mapango Cliffs. The Lion Guard (and Mtoto) quickly race away to save her. When they arrive, Kion prevents Mtoto from heading up, fearing the weight will bring the cliff down. Instead, Bunga bounds up, and leaps onto the rampaging elephant's head. He eats the bees, which causes her to become aware of her surroundings. As she panics, Bunga soothingly reminds her of her lines, and that they're the bravest. This calms her, and they head back, narrowly avoiding the cliff falling down. Back at Mizimu Grove, Ma Tembo apologizes to Simba, explaining how bee stings in the trunk are very painful. She assures Makini that it wasn't their fault, and Makini suggests finding more yellow paint to try again. But Kion suggests trying it without anymore paint. Ma Tembo is hesitant to break with tradition, so Simba suggests looking at it as starting a new tradition. Ma Tembo agrees, Mtoto removes the paint from his mother, and the new Ukumbusho begins.
Beshte speaks with Ma Tembo's herd about involving them in the show. Although Ma Tembo is skeptical, particularly of the "Dandy Claws" character she hears about, Mtoto persuades her by mentioning how Beshte is practically family and that their part is like a show. Remembering how much she enjoys performing, she agrees, and later that night they meet Bunga and several other animals to rehearse. Once the sun has fully risen, Mtoto and his herd return to Hakuna Matata Falls, where they perform "The Twelve Ways of Christmas". At the end of the performance, they all wish each other a Merry Christmas.
Ma Tembo and her whole herd have to find a new home after Scar sends hot embers to burn their territory. As she and her herd tried to move in with the other herds things don't work out and Ma Tembo think that it's best that they leave the Pride Lands. After Ndefu Grove catches on fire, Kion calls on the herd to help Ma Tembo takes the elephants in her herd and follows Kion. Laini was so greatful for what the elephants she allows them to live in their grove and where she is promised by the lion cub that the guard will get their home back someday.
Notable Elephants in The Lion Guard
- Elephants are featured in the It's UnBungalievable! short Who's Louder?.
- In the show, adult male elephants live in herds with the females and young, though in real life, they leave their herds when they have reached adolescence.
- Females use their trunks to shower their young.
- Males are called bulls.
- Calves hide from predators among larger elephants.
- Tusks are actually huge teeth.
- An elephant's heart beats about a third of the rate of a human heart - the larger the animal, the slower the heartbeat.
- When elephants feel threatened, they hold theirs out wide to make themselves look even bigger. Then they snap the ears back and make a loud, trumpeting noise with their trunk.