Honey badgers are the smartest when they think before they speak. But if they do not, whoo-hoo-hoo! Total disaster!

Rafiki, Bunga the Wise

Honey badgers, also known as ratels, are mammals that appear in The Lion Guard universe. They live in the Pride Lands.


In the Real World

Honey badgers have black or gray fur, with white fur on their head and back. They have short legs, very thick skin, powerful jaws, and sharp teeth and claws.

In The Lion Guard

Honey badgers have blue fur with white fur along their head and back. They are primarily bipedal, but often run on all fours. They have thick skin and dull teeth that resemble those of a rodent's rather than a real honey badger's, with protruding central incisors.


In the Real World

Honey badgers are excellent at digging, and will dig themselves burrows. However, they will also use the dens and tunnels of other animals for shelter. They are omnivores, and will eat anything from fruit to other mammals. As their name implies, they enjoy honey as well. The kits are born in litters of one or two. Honey badgers are known to be quite fearless and aggressive when the situation calls for it, having been known to chase and attack animals much larger then them, such as lions and buffaloes. But this can sometimes get them killed. Honey badgers are also quite intelligent, as they are one of the few animals known to use tools. They are also gluttonous, eating anything they can fit in their mouths and will gorge themselves to the point of being unable to move well. They have thick loose skin that allows them plenty of wriggle room to get into a position to bite.( They also have immunity to venom but its only partial, so they can still die from envenomation if they get enough of it in their system.

In The Lion Guard

Honey badgers are noted to be the smartest animals there are if they think before they act. They are immune to snakebites, and it is generally believed that they are capable of fending for themselves. They feed on just about anything including honey, bugs, berries and fruit.


The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar

Bunga the honey badger and his friend Kion the lion cub play Baobab Ball in the Pride Lands. When Kion later discovers that he is the leader of the new Lion Guard, Bunga is invited to join as the bravest member. He helps Kion and the other members of the Guard drive out a clan of greedy hyenas.

The Lion Guard

The honey badger Bunga appears in every episode throughout the series The Lion Guard.

Bunga the Wise

Rafiki mentions that honey badgers are the smartest animals in the Pride Lands when they think before they act.

Fuli's New Family

When the honey badger Bunga is bitten by Ushari, the Lion Guard rushes him to Rafiki, who reveals that honey badgers are immune to snakebites.

The Search for Utamu

Upon discovering a young, alone Bunga, Timon is reluctant to care for him, remarking that as a honey badger, he is capable of caring for himself.

Notable Honey Badgers in The Lion Guard

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