Ma Tembo's Herd is a herd of elephants led by Ma Tembo. They used to reside in Kilio Valley, but have now moved into the Pride Lands.


Can't Wait to be Queen

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Leaving respect

The former leader of the herd, Aminifu has passed away, and Simba soon received word of his passing. Leaving his daughter in charge, he travels to Kilio Valley along with his mate, Nala and his advisor, Zazu, to perform a speech. Simba is slightly apprehensive of the speech, with Zazu reminding him that he will will need to speak in elephantese, as per tradition.

When they finally reach the valley, they watch as elephants cover the corpse of Aminifu. Simba and Nala sorrowfully nuzzle one another as they see his body from a distance, before finally walking over to join them.

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The herd mourns Aminifu

The funeral begins, and Simba is about to give his speech. However, when reciting the words, instead of saying the elephant idiom 'he had good on him', he mispronounces the words, and instead proclaims that 'he had poop on him'. Simba, Nala and Zazu become concerned, though Aminifu's daughter Ma Tembo laughs, saying that he indeed had poop on him. She thanks Simba, believing that the best thing to do is remember the good times they had.

Bunga and the King

The royal family are due to attend the herd's only concert of the rainy season. However, Simba winds up falling down a sinkhole as he saves his mate and daughter. With only his son able to save him, he insists that Nala and Kiara go to the concert without him. They reluctantly agree.

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The concert performers

As the concert finishes in Mizimu Grove, Nala and Kiara applaud their music. Nala apologises again for Simba's absence, but he turns up at the last moment with the Lion Guard, Timon and Pumbaa in tow. He apologises to them himself, and decides to share a song which his is important to his family as a way of making it up to them - Hakuna Matata.

The Lion Guard: The Rise of Scar

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The herd is saved

Ma Tembo is in charge of finding the new water source for the Dry Season. They attract Janja's Clan not once, but twice during their search. Although a challenge, Ma Tembo perseveres and eventually finds the new watering source after Makini orders everyone to be quiet ("shwari").

Rafiki's New Neighbors

Ma Tembo's herd kick out Chama, a rambunctious adolescent elephant who has been causing a distraction within the herd. Ma Tembo agrees to take him back for Kion's sake, but Chama later leaves of his own accord.

The Ukumbusho Tradition

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Ma Tembo's herd organize the Ukumbusho. When the festivities start, bees attack the performers due to their head paint being made from pollen. The Lion Guard help sort out the problem, and the Ukumbusho continues.

Timon and Pumbaa's Christmas

When Bunga wants to give his uncles the best Christmas ever, Ma Tembo's herd agree to join in with the celebrations. After rehearsing all night, they are about to give up until Bunga reveals to them how important it is to him, and why.

They return and perform The Twelve Ways of Christmas with the other animals.

Named Members

Ma Tembo

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Main article: Ma Tembo

Ma Tembo is the leader of the herd and the daughter of Aminifu. She has pinkish-gray skin, one broken tusk, and violet eyes. She is very forgiving and understanding.


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Main article: Zito

Zito is a male elephant in the herd. He is big, gray and has spots along his back. He is known to be literal and appreciative, though can also be short tempered.


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Main article: Mtoto

Mtoto is a young male elephant in the herd. He admires Beshte and wants to be just like him. He is enthusiastic and energetic, and hopes to someday become a member of the Lion Guard.



Main article: Johari

Johari is a male elephant in the herd. He is notable for being one of the few elephants in the herd with a colored underbelly. He appears to be Zito's best friend, and can often be seen beside him.

Mtoto's Mom

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Main article: Mtoto's Mom

Mtoto's Mom is a female elephant in the herd, and the mother to Mtoto. She is a stern yet kind mother, who can rush off into a frenzy when frightened.

Former Members

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Main article: Aminifu

Aminifu is a deceased male elephant who was the leader of the herd. He was the father of Ma Tembo and a friend of Simba's who helped restore the Circle of Life after Scar's reign.

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Main article: Chama

Chama is a young male elephant who is a former member of the herd. His rambunctious behavior got him kicked out of the herd and made his own with his two best friends.

Unnamed Members

The following are known members of Ma Tembo's Herd who have not received an official name yet.

Pride Landers
Basi's PodBaby Baboon's TroopBig Baboon's TroopBupu's HerdLaini's GroupLion GuardMa Tembo's HerdMakuu's FloatMbuni's FlockMekundu BatsMjomba's PackMuhimu's HerdOno's FlockSimba's PrideSwala's HerdThe Bellow FellowsThurston's HerdTumbili's TroopTwiga's HerdVuruga Vuruga's Herd
Janja's Clan Jasiri's Clan Kiburi's FloatMzingo's ParliamentOutsidersReirei's Pack
Back Landers
Dhahabu's HerdMakucha's Leap
Night PrideSokwe's TroopThe Traveling Baboon Show