Bab-o-o-o-o-ons! Always causing trouble. Bab-o-o-o-o-ons! Make that trouble double!
Fuli during the musical number, Baboons!
Baboons are creatures that appear in The Lion King universe. Within the series, Mandrills are referred to as "baboons", although they are of a separate genus (Mandrillus).



An olive baboon (Papio Anubis).

In the Real World

There are five different species of baboon native to Africa. They can vary in size depending on species. All baboons are known to have long, dog-like muzzles and powerful jaws with sharp teeth. Other characteristics of a baboon include close-set eyes, thick body hair, a short tail, and a hairless protrusion on its rear - known as a ischial callosities.

Baboons are terrestrial creatures that live in grassland and open woodland. They follow an omnivorous diet, feeding on vegetation as well as insects, birds and smaller animals. Their primary predators are lions, hyenas, leopards, crocodiles and cheetahs.

Baboons live in hierarchical troops usually consisting of around 50 animals or more. Females are pregnant for six months and usually give birth to a single infant. The young are weaned after a year and reach sexual maturity between five to eight years. Males leave their troop while females stay in the same group for live.

In the Universe

 In The Lion King II: Simba's Pride

A pair of baboons is seen briefly when Rafiki sings "Upendi".

In The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar

Fuli is chased by an angry troop of baboons, who are then stopped by Beshte. Once Fuli apologizes to the baboons for upsetting them, they accept her apology before fainting.

In The Lion Guard

Bunga the Wise

During a rainstorm, the baboon leader and his troop take shelter in a tree on the edge of a cliff. The Lion Guard begs the baboons to come down, but the baboon leader refuses to cooperate until the rains stop. Eventually, Kion grows so desperate that he sends Bunga up the tree to force the baboons down. The plan works, and the baboons jump down the tree just before it collapses.


The Lion Guard rescues a baby baboon from Mzingo's Flock and from a flood. Fuli is then tasked to return the baby baboon to his family. She comes to the baboon troop at Nyani Grove only to realize that the baboon's family resides in Mapango Cliffs. She soon manages to reunite the baboon with his troop, who praise her after rescuing the infant from Mzingo's Flock.