The Lion King


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Seraph (Italian)
Fire, Angel, Seraph, Burning Ones (Hebrew)[1][2][3]
The Lion King
The Lion King: Six New Adventures
Close Relations
Nala (daughter)
Simba (son-in-law)
Kopa (grandson)
Kiara (granddaughter)
Sarabi (friend)
"Hmmm, what do you think, Sarabi?"
—Sarafina to Sarabi

Sarafina is the mother of Nala and a member of Mufasa's hunting party. She is also a close friend of the queen's.


Sarafina has tawny fur like her daughter, apple-green eyes, and colorless paws. Both her upper and lower eyeshades are light, the opposite of Scar's, which are dark.


Sarafina doesn't seem like the dominant, opinionated lioness her daughter Nala is. Instead of forming her own thoughts and opinions, she asks for the thoughts and opinions of others. Even in the books, she simply seems like the typical protective and caring mother.


The Lion King

Nala: "Mom, can I go with Simba?"
Sarafina: "Hmm...what do you think Sarabi?"
—Sarafina asks Sarabi for her opinion on Nala's request
Nalas Bath
Sarafina bathing her cub, Nala
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In the film, she is first seen inside Pride Rock with Nala in her arms,then giving Nala a bath as her and the prince converse. When Nala asks to accompany Simba to "the Waterhole," she asks Sarabi for her thoughts to which she agrees.

It is later revealed she, Mufasa, and Sarabi came to an agreement to have Simba be betrothed to Nala via Zazu who remarks their parents will be thrilled about them getting along after he refers to them as "little seeds of romance blossoming in the savannah."

Lastly, she is seen mourning Mufasa's death with the rest of the lionesses. It is unknown whether she survived Scar's reign or not.

Nala's Dare

Sarafina and the cubs
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"Don't leave Pride Rock. There are hyenas all over the Pride Lands now...It's dangerous."
—Sarafina warns Nala

Sarafina allows her daughter to leave her protection and the rest of the pride's lionesses to visit Chumvi and Kula, Nala's two new best friends.

As Nala goes to talk to an Outsider named Ni, Sarafina and a few more Pridelanders scare him off with a loud roar. Afterwards, she herds the three cubs back to Pride Rock.

Later, she and Ni save Nala from five hyenas.


  • Sarafina originally had a son named Mheetu.
  • In 1987, there was a musical titled Sarafina!, which was adapted into a film, starring Whoopi Goldberg in 1992.
  • Originally, Sarafina had more lines in the film, such as "Nala, you just had a bath!", as seen in a storyboard sketch.[5]

Voice Actors


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  4. Revealed in "Chow Down"
  5. Sarafinaconceptlines
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