Simba Meets Silverback
Publication Information

Hakuna Matata


1995 – 1997



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Simba Meets Silverback is a magazine story inspired by The Lion King. It was published in two issues of The Lion King: A Nature Fun and Learn Series as part of the Hakuna Matata magazine series.


Simba helps save a young gorilla from peril.


Part 1

Simba Meets Silverback begins by introducing Simba, the self-exiled prince of the Pride Lands, and his two friends, Timon and Pumbaa. At the start of the story, the three friends are surveying a patch of deep jungle, with Timon and Pumbaa warning Simba to steer clear of such a foreboding place. The friends stay on the fringes of the jungle, where Timon begins to bat at a piece of fruit with a stick. He ends up hitting the fruit into shadow, and the friends search for it in vain until they spot a young gorilla snatching it up and running away with it.

The friends race after the youngster but come to a screeching halt when the gorilla's enormous father rears out of the leaves and roars a warning at the friends. Terrified, the three back away and offer to let the young gorilla keep the fruit, all while more and more gorillas gather around them.

Simba starts to retreat, but just then, he notices a leopard stalking the young gorilla. He lunges at it and manages to chase it away from the gorillas, but in his lunge, Simba knocks the young gorilla down a steep slope, and the infant lands in a tangle of thorns at the bottom of the slope. Silverback graciously reassures Simba that this isn't his fault, but the young lion resolves to save the infant gorilla anyway.

Part 2

In a panic, Simba leaps his way down the gully until he reaches the motionless young gorilla. Seeing no way of escaping on his own, Simba calls for help, and Silverback rips a tree free from the earth and lowers it over the side of the gully. With the little gorilla clinging to his back, Simba climbs up the tree trunk, where helping hands are waiting to pull him to safety.

With the young gorilla safe, Silverback compliments Simba on his bravery, to which Simba replies in kind. No sooner has this happened when Timon begins to teach the young gorilla how to play baseball. Catching on to the game rather quickly, the young gorilla bats a piece of fruit right into Timon's head, and even Silverback laughs in amusement.