Rhinoceroses are creatures that inhabit the Pride Lands.


The rhinoceros seen in the Lion King franchise appear to be both Black Rhinoceroses (Diceros bicornis) and White Rhinoceroses (Ceratotherium simum). A grown black rhinoceros stands 132–180 cm (52–71 in) high at the shoulder and is 2.8–3.8 m (9.2–12 ft) in length, plus a tail of about 60 cm (24 in) in length.[1] The females are smaller than the males. 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 black rhinoceros horn was nearly 1.5 m (4.9 ft) in length. The black rhino is smaller than the white rhino and has a pointed and prehensile upper lip, which it uses to grasp leaves and twigs when eating,[2] while the white rhinoceros has wide lips.

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 oxpeckers and egrets that live with the rhino. This was once thought to be an example of mutualism, but recent evidence suggests that oxpeckers may be parasites instead, feeding on rhino blood.[3] Black rhinos 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


The Lion King

During the "Nants Ingonyama" chant in the "Circle of Life" sequence, a rhino is seen rising its head. Some are later seen gathered around Pride Rock as Rafiki presents Simba. Later on, Zazu flies into the behind of a green rhino eating some grass, and a red rhino is seen going left and right when Simba orders it to do so during the "I Just Can't Wait to be King" musical number, and at the end of the sequence, a rhino sits on Zazu, who tells the rhino to get off. Finally, one rhino is seen during the presentation of Simba and Nala's newborn cub near the end of the film.

The Lion King II: Simba's Pride


A herd of rhinoceroses are seen near the center during "We are One"

When Simba sings "We Are One" to his daughter, Kiara, a herd of rhinos are seen as the two lions look over the Pride Lands from a tree. Later on, Kiara, Kovu, Timon, and Pumbaa run into a rhino herd after scaring a flock of birds away. The rhinos react aggressively toward the four, causing them to flee and hide within a nearby cave as the herd races after them. Finally, when Kovu looks back toward the Pride Lands after being sentenced to exile by Simba, a rhino is seen to the right.

The Lion King 1½

Rhinos briefly appear rushing to the presentation of Mufasa and Sarabi's newborn cub Simba, nearly running over Timon and Pumbaa. They are later seen at Pride Rock, glaring at Pumbaa as he nervously passes through them and are among the many animals who pass out after Pumbaa accidentally flatulates in the crowd.

The Hakuna Matata Magazine Series

All Mud and Motor Mouth

Timon saves Pumbaa from having to fight a rhinoceros for occupation of a mud hole.



  1. Peter Dollinger & Silvia Geser. "Black Rhinoceros". World Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Retrieved 2007-10-09.
  2. Richard Ellis (2004). No Turning Back: The Life and Death of Animal Species. New York: Harper Perennial. pp. 205–208. ISBN 0-06-055804-0.
  3. Weeks, P (2000). "Red-billed oxpeckers: vampires or tickbirds?" (PDF). Behavioral Ecology 11 (2): 154–160. doi:10.1093/beheco/11.2.154.