Ma Tembo's herd
Ma Tembo's herd
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Biographical Information

Ma Tembo's herd


Aminifu (presumably; formerly)
Ma Tembo (currently)


Kilio Valley
The Pride Lands

Media Information

The Lion Guard

Once the elephants returned, all the other animals followed. The Circle of Life came back into balance.
Simba about Ma Tembo's herd

Ma Tembo's herd is a group of elephants from The Lion Guard. They live in Kilio Valley, a valley in the Pride Lands.


The Lion Guard: The Rise of Scar

The herd dutifully follows their leader, Ma Tembo, as she searches for a water source in the Pride Lands. When Ma Tembo finally locates water, the herd drinks happily.

The Lion Guard

"Can't Wait to be Queen"

Simba: It is a big responsibility.
Nala: Worried about Kiara, or are you worried about your tribute?
Simba: Well, why would I be worried about that?
Nala: Maybe because you have to say it in elephantese.
Simba: Yes. Elephants and their traditions.
Zazu: And they take those traditions very seriously, sire.
Nala, Simba, and Zazu about Ma Tembo's herd

When Aminifu, the leader of the herd, passes away, Simba is invited to give a tribute at his funeral. Before leaving the Pride Lands, Simba explains to his cubs, Kiara and Kion, how Aminifu had led his herd back into the Pride Lands after the defeat of Scar, which helped put the Circle of Life back into balance.


Ma Tembo's herd at Aminifu's funeral

Along with Nala and Zazu, Simba sets out on a journey to Kilio Valley, the home of the elephants. Just before leaving, Simba worries over setting his daughter, Kiara, in charge of the Pride Lands, but Nala corrects him that he's really worried about giving a speech in elephantese. Zazu adds that it's a very important tradition to the elephants.

Eventually, the three reach Kilio Valley, where they see Ma Tembo's herd paying tribute to their old leader by placing flowers on his body. Simba strides down the ridge, and the ceremony begins, with Ma Tembo, Aminifu's daughter, announcing the king as a special guest.

With the herd watching rapturously, Simba recounts his long friendship with Aminifu and how he will remember the old elephant fondly. However, when Simba tries to give the standard elephantese tribute of "He had good on him," he accidentally says, "He had poop on him." Despite the king's horror at such a mistake, the herd laughs, and Ma Tembo explains that Aminifu always used to have excrement on him, which had incited much laughter from the herd. She then thanks the king for his kind words.

"Bunga and the King"

I know how important music is to elephants, and I'm deeply honored to be included in your tradition.
―Simba to Ma Tembo's herd
When the elephants hold their first concert of the season, Simba and his family resolve to be in attendance. However, along the way, Simba gets trapped in a sinkhole, and Kiara and Nala are forced to go on without him. They witness the concert and praise the elephants after their song, but just then, Simba arrives with the Lion Guard, Pumbaa, and Timon. Once there, he apologizes to Ma Tembo for being late, and they all perform "Hakuna Matata" together.

"Rafiki's New Neighbors"

When Chama, a rambunctious young elephant, proves to be too much of a handful for the herd, Ma Tembo kicks him out.

Later, Kion encourages Ma Tembo to take Chama back, and she agrees to give the young elephant one last chance with the herd. However, the herd soon tires of Chama's antics, and, seeing their frustration with him, Chama leaves the herd for good.

"The Ukumbusho Tradition"

Ma Tembo's herd takes part in the Ukumbusho Tradition, a celebration that honors the peace established between the elephants and lions of the Pride Lands.

"Timon and Pumbaa's Christmas"

The herd takes part in the "The Twelve Ways of Christmas" performance.

"The Scorpion's Sting"

The herd attends Simba's Kumbuka celebration at Pride Rock.

"The Wisdom of Kongwe"

Two members of the herd appear during the musical sequence "The Faster I Go".

"The Kilio Valley Fire"

When Kilio Valley catches fire, the Lion Guard enlists the help of Ma Tembo and her herd. Despite their efforts, the fire devastates the valley, and the elephants are forced to leave.

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The herd is accepted among the galagos after they help to save Ndefu Grove from a fire

Kion, the leader of the Lion Guard, attempts to find the herd members a new home, but the other Pride Landers reject the elephants because of their foreign, disruptive behavior. Ma Tembo resolves to lead her herd out of the kingdom, to Kion's disappointment.

However, as the herd is departing, Kion approaches them for help in putting out a fire at Ndefu Grove. Ma Tembo accepts, and the herd works together to put out the fire. After the rescue, Laini offers the elephants a place with her galagos at Ndefu Grove, which Ma Tembo accepts.

Notable members

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