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


In the Real World

Rhinos are large animals with noticeably large horns on the front of their snouts.

In The Lion Guard

In The Lion Guard, they are shown to be gray or gray-blue in color, with small eyes and tapered ears like their real-life counterparts.


The rhinoceroses seen in The Lion Guard franchise are both black and white rhinoceroses. Both male and female rhinos have two horns on the skull are made of keratin with the larger front horn typically 50 cm (20 in) long, exceptionally up to 140 cm (55 in).

The longest known rhinoceros horn was nearly 1.5 m (4.9 ft) in length. The black rhino is smaller than the white rhino, and it has a pointed and prehensile upper lip, which it uses to grasp leaves and twigs when eating. The white rhino is larger than the black rhino, and it has a wide lip that is more suitable for grazing.

Their thick-layered skin protects the rhino from thorns and sharp grasses. Their skin hides external parasites, like mites and ticks, which are eaten by tickbirds and egrets that live with the rhino. This was once thought to be an example of mutualism, but recent evidence suggests that tickbirds may also be parasites, feeding on rhino blood. All rhinoceros have poor eyesight, relying more on hearing and smell. Their ears have a wide rotational range to detect sounds. A great sense of smell alerts rhinos to the presence of predators. They lived in the groups called Crash, or Herd, or Stubbornness.


The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar

Bunga is briefly seen clinging to the horn of a running rhino during the song Zuka Zama.

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Bunga holds onto a rhino's horn

The Lion Guard

Mbeya the rhino serves as a minor character in The Lion Guard and appears occasionally.

Never Judge a Hyena by Its Spots

A rhino named Mbeya gives the Lion Guard directions to Flat Ridge Rock.

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Mbeya talks to Beshte

The Rise of Makuu

Multiple rhinos are present at the Mashindano between Makuu and Pua. They witness Makuu defeat Pua.

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The rhinos watch the fight

The Kupatana Celebration

The Lion Guard rescues Mbeya the rhino from the mud at Lake Matope. During the song Jackal Style, a rhino steps on Dogo's tail. A rhino is later seen chasing after a second jackal pup. At the end of the song, rhinos are seen among the other Pride Landers surrounding the jackals. Rhinos are also present at Kupatana.

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A rhinoceros stands among other animals at the Kupatana Celebration

Paintings and Predictions

In the Lair of the Lion Guard, some of Rafiki's paintings are of rhinoceroses.

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Beware the Zimwi

Young Rhino listens to a scary story told by Rafiki. He later sleeps with Mtoto and Young Hare, but is frightened by The Zimwi, the legendary creature Rafiki had told them about. He runs back to the Lion Guard and tells them all about it, which sets off an adventure for the Guard.

Notable Rhinoceroses in The Lion Guard

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