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Name The Pride Lands
Home to Pridelanders
Appearances

The Lion King
The Lion King II: Simba's Pride
The Lion King 1½
The Lion King: Six New Adventures

Mufasa: "Look, Simba, everything the light touches is our kingdom."
Simba: "Wow."
Mufasa: "A king's time as ruler rises and falls like the sun. One day, Simba, the sun will set on my time here, and will rise with you as the new king."
Simba: "And this will all be mine?"
Mufasa: "Everything."
Simba: "Everything the light touches."
Mufasa and Simba survey the Pride Lands from Pride Rock

The Pride Lands are a vast African savanna territory controlled by a pride of lions known as the Pridelanders.

Information

Government

"If this is where the monarchy is headed, count me out! Out of service, out of Africa, I wouldn't hang about!"
Zazu in "I Just Can't Wait to be King"
"Haven't you met my son, Kovu? He was hand-chosen by Scar to follow in his paw prints and become king!"
Zira to Simba
"Father...I am lost. Kovu is one of them; Scar's heir. How can I accept him?"
—Simba to Mufasa about Kovu

The Pride Lands operates as a monarchy in which the sovereign's will is law. Regarding the order of succession, the Pride Lands monarchy appears to favor an absolute primogeniture in which the eldest child of the current ruler will inherit regardless of gender. The king or queen can hand-choose who they want to succeed them, however, as Scar apparently hand-chose Kovu to succeed him despite them having no relation.

Laws of the Land

The monarchs of the land have absolute power, and with that power, they create laws that benefit themselves and their people.

Banning the Use of Mufasa's Name (in Scar's presence)

"You know the law! Never, ever mention that name in my presence! I am the king!"
—Scar to Zazu
Put in Place by Scar

At an unknown time during his reign, Scar made it illegal to utter Mufasa's name in his presence. It isn't exactly clear why he made this law, but he presumably grew tired of his pride comparing him to his superior brother. Fortunately, this law permanently died with Scar's reign, for Mufasa's name is said freely during Simba's reign.

Penalty for Trespassing

Simba: "You know the penalty for returning to the Pride Lands!"
Zira: "But the child does not! However...if you need your pound of flesh, here."
—Simba to Zira about Kovu
Put In Place By Simba

After banishing Zira and her followers from the Pride Lands, Simba puts in place a law that discourages them from defying his decree and returning anyway. Should any outsider be found within his lands, they must pay with their lives. Kovu is offered up to Simba for recompense, as Zira had broken the law, but both she and the king knew Kovu was in no real danger. In the end, Simba spares Kovu -- either because he was too soft or because his young daughter was watching -- thus fails in enforcing his own law. This law is rendered dysfunction when Simba inducts the exiles back into his pride.

Royal Protocol and Debts

Zazu: "Mmm, yes, sire. Clearly we are in his debt, and royal protocol demands that all debts be paid. Though in this case you might want to make an exception."
Simba: "Hmmm... (looks at Kovu) My father's law will prevail. We'll see who you really are."
—Zazu and Simba
Put In Place By Mufasa

According to Zazu, the Majorodomo, all debts must be repaid (though exception can be made) somehow. Simba goes on to say that this is law put in place by his deceased father.

Anti-Poaching Laws

"Oh young master, one day you will be king. Then you can chase those slobbering, mangy, stupid poachers from dawn until dusk."
—Zazu to young Simba
"You were going to kill for sport. That is not permitted in the Pride Lands! Now go!"
— Ahadi defends Rafiki
Put In Place By Unknown

It is unknown who put this law into to place, but both Ahadi and Mufasa are both seen enforcing it. Likely, Zira was poaching in the Pride Lands as well when she just happened to spot Kovu and Kiara, even going on to mention the lack of resources in the Outlands, so Simba enforces it as well. Presumably the law has been enforced since the territory's creation.

Mohatu's Drinking Law

"Great-grandfather, being the wise king he was, made a law about how much animal could drink"
The Brightest Star, page 3


Put In Place By Mohatu

When a drought strikes the Pride Lands during King Mohatu's reign, he puts in place a law the determines how much an animal could drink to prevent fighting over the diminished waterhole. The Selfish Lion defies Mohatu, and breaks this law, drinking as much as he wants and forcing the other animals to wait. Instead of enforcing the law, King Mohatu looks for and finds a non-violent alternative.

Banishment of Shenzi's Clan

"Sire! Hyenas! In the Pride Lands!"
—Zazu to Mufasa
Put In Place By Ahadi or Mufasa

In the book A Tale of Two Brothers, during King Ahadi's reign, the hyenas seem to be tolerated if not fully accepted. However, Ahadi seems to have banished them from the Pride Lands after the end of that story. Mufasa could've gotten rid of them, however.

Induction of Shenzi's Clan

"But out of the ashes of this tragedy, we shall rise, to greet the dawning of a new Era in which lion and hyena come together in a great and glorious future!"
Scar, as he assumes the throne


Put In Place By Scar

After Mufasa's death, Scar renders the law keeping hyenas out of the Pride Lands defunct when he usurps the throne.

Engagement in Childhood

Simba: "I can't marry her. She's my friend."
Nala: "Yeah, it'd be too weird."
Zazu: "Well, sorry to burst your bubble, but you two turtle-doves have no choice. It's a tradition...going back generations."
Simba: "Well, when I'm king, that'll be the first thing to go."
—Zazu to the cubs about engagement
Put In Place By Unknown

It is unknown who put this law into place many generations ago, but according to Zazu, a king's marriage is contracted in the king's childhood. As a cub, Simba says that he will abolish the law when he becomes king, but it is unknown whether he did this or not. In the sequel, when Kiara is a cub, the question remains open.

Geographical Features

"Look, Simba. Everything the light touches is our kingdom."
—Mufasa to Simba
The Pride Lands is a very fertile place and is diverse in the way of fauna.
The Pridelands revived
Disney14ph12Added by Disney14ph12
Its exact size is unknown, but since it borders the desert of northern Africa and encompasses Mount Kilimanjaro as well, one could say it is quite large. The Pride Lands is also very well watered, a long river of water lying not to far from Pride Rock.

Fauna

Trivia

  • The Pride Lands has a history of going bare presumably once during the reign of every new ruler. A drought happens during Mohatu's reign, Uru and Ahadi's reign, Mufasa's reign (in a comic), and Scar's reign.

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