Sneaking up on someone isn't so easy for us hippos. Unless we're in the water.

Beshte, Follow That Hippo!

Hippopotamuses, sometimes called hippos, are mammals that appear in The Lion Guard universe. They live in the Pride Lands.


In the Real World

Hippos are very large animals. They have small legs and webbed feet. Their skin, on which very little hair is present, ranges in color from purple-gray to blue-black. Their skin sometimes has a red or pink cast to it.

In The Lion Guard

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Hippos in The Lion Guard

Hippos have thick gray or blue-gray skin, sometimes seen with darker spots. They have large, flat teeth and occasionally have small amounts of hair atop their head.


In the Real World

The hippopotamus (meaning "river horse") is a large, mostly herbivorous mammal. After the elephant and rhinoceros, the hippopotamus is the third largest land mammal. The hippopotamus is semi-aquatic, inhabiting rivers, lakes and mangrove swamps. Hippos spend most of their days wallowing in the water or the mud, with the other members of their pod.

The water serves to keep their body temperature down, and to keep their skin from drying out. With the exception of eating, most of hippopotamuses' lives —from childbirth, fighting with other hippos, to reproduction— occur in the water. Hippos leave the water at dusk and travel inland, sometimes up to 8 kilometers (5 mi), to graze on short grass, their main source of food. The hippo's proportions reflect its sedentary, amphibious existence. Its plump and bulky body is set on short, stumpy legs, with each foot having four toes.

In The Lion Guard

Hippos are located in Big Springs. They inform the crocodiles of the status of the springs' fish population and whether or not there is enough for the crocodiles to feed on.


The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar

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Kion and Bunga bounce off of the backs of the hippo pod

Kion and Bunga leap across the backs of a hippo pod, including a young hippo named Beshte, as they play Baobab Ball.

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Supporting the others

In the song Tonight We Strike, a hippo is among the terrified Pride Landers and the Pride Landers supporting each other.

Kion later recruits Beshte to be the strongest member of the Lion Guard. He finds Beshte with his pod, who are enthusiastically cheering his name as he creates a waterslide for them. They are delighted when the rushing water pushes them.

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Beshte in Follow That Hippo!

The Lion Guard

The hippopotamus Beshte serves as a main character and appears in every episode of the show.

The Rise of Makuu

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Basi, Beshte, and an unnamed hippo at Big Springs

Beshte the hippo takes his friends to the hippos' home in Big Springs, where he shows them how the fish in the lake clean his teeth. Beshte's father, a hippo named Basi, explains that it's a part of the Circle of Life. Beshte announces that he is now clean, and a pair of female hippos whistle at him. The crocodiles then arrive in the hopes of eating the fish in the lake, but Basi tells the crocodile leader Pua that there are not yet enough fish for the crocodile float, and invites him to return next week.

There are hippos present at the Mashindano, chanting along with the rest of the animals. They witness the defeat of Pua.

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The hippos return!

The hippos later are driven out of Big Springs by Makuu and the crocodiles and forced into the elephants' watering hole. After Kion orders Makuu to leave Big Springs, the hippos are able to return to their home.

Bunga the Wise

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Bunga springs off of the hippo

A hippo is shown waiting in line to see Bunga. It joins in the singing of Bunga the Wise, at one point appears with Timon and Pumbaa in its mouth. Shortly after, he allows Bunga to bounce off of its nose.

The Kupatana Celebration

On the day of Kupatana, an angry hippo is seen glaring at a family of jackals who had most likely stolen from them at the end of the song Jackal Style.

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A hippo stands between two other animals

Multiple hippos attend the Kupatana Celebration to celebrate Kupatana. Basi the hippo performs a song with Twiga and several other Pride Landers.

Fuli's New Family

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A hippo lifts Fuli out of the water

Beshte invites his friend Fuli to swim with the hippos. When he accidentally knocks her in, another hippo lifts the disgruntled cheetah out of the water.

The Imaginary Okapi

A few hippos can be seen resting in Lake Matope as Beshte sings Life in the Pride Lands.

Notable Hippos in The Lion Guard


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