Leader of the herd
While searching for Flat Ridge Rock, Beshte gets the idea to ask Mbeya, an old rhinoceros, for directions. Together, the Lion Guard journeys to Mbeya's water hole, where Beshte talks to Mbeya while his friends wait on the edge of the water. Eventually, the friends grow impatient and insist that Beshte wrap up his conversation. Realizing that he'd forgotten to ask about Flat Ridge Rock, Beshte asks Mbeya for directions, and the old rhinoceros points him in the right direction.
Mbeya gets stuck in a mud pit and requires the assistance of the Lion Guard.
Presently, however, Mbeya sits on Zazu, prompting the hornbill to call for help. The Lion Guard follows the noise to see Rafiki attempting to paint a portrait of Mbeya, who is sitting on Zazu, and the baboon leader. The Lion Guard demands an explanation, and Mbeya furiously explains that Zazu had called him clumsy. The baboon leader clarifies that it had been him who had called Mbeya clumsy and then accuses Mbeya of having bumped into him. Zazu yells for Mbeya to get off him, and the rhino complies, much to Zazu's relief. The baboon leader and Mbeya start to bicker again, but Beshte steps in-between them and encourages them to get along with one another. The three then apologize to one another.
While patrolling the Pride Lands, the Lion Guard notices several animals taking off in the same direction. They follow the commotion to where a large group of Pride Landers has gathered beneath a tree. Beshte questions Mbeya the about the ruckus, and he explains that the animals have gathered to see a troop of performing baboons.
Later, when Ma Tembo summons the Lion Guard to see a tree that has been stripped of its leaves, Mbeya tells the Guard that all the grass around the tree is gone as well. The Lion Guard resolves to find the food thieves and take care of the situation, and Mbeya and the other animals depart.
In the midst of a tsetse fly infestation, the Lion Guard finds Mbeya upside down in a dry ditch. Beshte frees Mbeya, who laments having rolled into the dry steam bed to escape the tsetse flies, and the team escorts him to a watering hole.
Presently, however, the Lion Guard finds themselves plagued by tsetse flies. Just then, the flies leave just as Thurston and his herd appear, seeking a new watering hole, and Ono realizes that the flies dislike the zebras' stripes. This gives Kion an idea, and he and the rest of the Lion Guard decide to escort Mbeya and the zebras to a new watering hole.
Mbeya takes part in the "The Twelve Ways of Christmas" performance.
Personality and traits
Mbeya is conversational and friendly, although he can be sensitive.
|Season 1 of The Lion Guard|
|Previous Season||"Never Judge a Hyena by its Spots":||"The Rise of Makuu":||"Bunga the Wise":||"Can't Wait to be Queen":||"Eye of the Beholder":||"The Kupatana Celebration":|
|"Fuli's New Family":||"The Search for Utamu":||"Follow that Hippo!":||"The Call of the Drongo":||"Paintings and Predictions":||"The Mbali Fields Migration":||"Bunga and the King":|
|"The Imaginary Okapi":||"Too Many Termites":||"The Trouble with Galagos":||"Janja's New Crew":||"Baboons!":||"Beware the Zimwi":||"Lions of the Outlands":|
|"Never Roar Again":||"The Lost Gorillas":||"The Trail to Udugu":||"Ono's Idol":||"Beshte and the Hippo Lanes":||"Ono the Tickbird":||Next Season|
|Season 2 of The Lion Guard|
|Previous Season||"Babysitter Bunga":||"The Savannah Summit":||"The Traveling Baboon Show":||"Ono and the Egg":||"The Lion Guard: The Rise of Scar":||"Let Sleeping Crocs Lie":|
|"Swept Away":||"Rafiki's New Neighbors":||"Rescue in the Outlands":||"The Ukumbusho Tradition":||"The Bite of Kenge":||"Timon and Pumbaa's Christmas":||"The Morning Report":|
|"The Golden Zebra":||"The Little Guy":||"Divide and Conquer":||"The Scorpion's Sting":||"The Wisdom of Kongwe":||"The Kilio Valley Fire":||"Undercover Kinyonga":|