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Swala's Herd


Leader of the Herd

Leave it to us! She'll need help, ladies. Who's with me?
―Swala helps Muhimu

Swala is a gazelle who appears in The Lion Guard. She is the leader of her herd.



Swala is a gazelle who lived in the Pride Lands during Simba's reign. She presumably became leader of her herd sometime after reaching adulthood.

The Lion Guard

"The Mbali Fields Migration"

When Swala and her herd get into a fight with Muhimu and her herd, the Lion Guard rushes to put a stop to the argument. Once there, Bunga gets sat on by an actively fighting Muhimu, who continues squabbling with Swala until Kion steps forward, roaring for silence. With the herds now paying attention, he and Beshte point out that the grazing grounds in the Pride Lands are open to everyone, but Muhimu and Swala explain that there's only one small patch of grass left for them to share.


Swala fights with Muhimu over a depleted grazing ground

After Kion consults with his father, Simba, Bunga announces to the herds that they're going to be taken across the Pride Lands to Mbali Fields. Not long after this, Ono reports back to Kion about a route they can take to Mbali Fields. After Ono's report, Kion announces to the herds that he will be leading them to Mbali Fields, and the two herds cheer for him. With a proud Kion in the lead, the herds set out, and "A Trail to Hope" plays as the combined herds follow Kion through the Pride Lands.

Eventually, the herds make it to a canyon, where Kion attempts to encourage the gazelles and zebras through their fatigue and hunger. Ono then assures Kion that they're close, though he voices his worries about an oncoming storm. As the herds pause to behold Mbali Fields, Muhimu loses patience and begins to charge down the canyon with her herd. Not to be outdone, Swala and her gazelles tear after them.

A frantic Lion Guard attempts to stop them, but, too late, a huge pile of rocks falls into the midst of the canyon, blocking the way into Mbali Fields. Kion realizes that they must scout out another route, for the rocks are unmovable. Ono rushes to fulfill this new command, but when he returns to Kion, he admits that the only other way to Mbali Fields takes them through the Outlands. Grimly, Kion accepts their fate.


Kion saves Swala during a flash flood

As the herds set out, the storm breaks over the canyon, and the combined herds begin to complain about Kion's leadership. No sooner have they finished griping when a flash flood forces the herds to race to higher ground. While Ono leads the herds to higher ground, Kion and the rest of the Guard rescue those still trapped in the rising waters, including Swala, who is saved by Kion.

Once the herds are safe, they begin to complain about Kion, criticizing his choice to take them through the canyon. However, Muhimu speaks up and takes the blame for starting the stampede. She then promises to make things easier from now on, and Kion thanks her for her loyalty.

Thanks to Muhimu's words of encouragement, the herds trust Kion to lead them into the Outlands. However, just as they've entered the Outlands, Muhimu begins to go into labor, and Kion is forced to make a difficult choice. While he sends Beshte, Fuli, and Ono ahead to keep leading the herds, he, Bunga, and Swala stay behind to help Muhimu give birth.


Swala puts aside her quarrel with Muhimu to help her give birth in the Outlands

Under the careful watch of Swala and several others, Muhimu gives birth to a son. No sooner has the zebra foal been born when he emits a loud bray, which attracts the attention of Janja and his minions, Cheezi and Chungu. The three plunge down the ridge in the hopes of scattering the gazelles and zebras, but Kion orders them to protect Muhimu and her foal while he and Bunga take on the hyenas.

Together, Bunga and Kion distract Cheezi and Chungu, but Janja manages to break through their defense to attack the zebras. However, he is kicked in the face by Muhimu's foal, and the hyenas scramble to get away, having been bested by the herds' teamwork. With the hyenas defeated, the Lion Guard leads the rest of the gazelles and zebras home, where Bunga plays happily with Muhimu's foal.

"The Trail to Udugu"

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Ono manages to halt Swala and her herd's stampede across the grasslands

When Swala and her herd attempt to climb an unstable rock pile in order to reach a patch of grassland, the Lion Guard races to warn them of the danger. Seeing the approaching Guard, the gazelles panic and begin to clamber up the rock pile, dislodging stones. The herd then sprints across the grasslands toward an exposed nest of ostrich eggs.

Just in time, Ono reaches Swala and tries to get her attention. Swala calls for her herd to halt and asks Ono to repeat himself. Seeing the ostrich eggs safe, Ono simply leaves the conversation, and the gazelles remain standing peacefully among the grass.

Physical appearance

For a gazelle, Swala is large and imposing, with a strong build and a thick neck. Her pelt is light brown, with patches of white above her hooves and on the underside of her tail. Her underbelly is white, extending from around her eyes to the tip of her tail. She sports dark markings around her eyes and on her sides, and has gray horns. Her eyes are brown.

Personality and traits

Antagonistic and hostile, Swala can be biting and mean. She stands up for her herd and fights fiercely against even her friends. However, when put to the test, Swala begins to grow in faith and puts aside her quarrel with Muhimu in order to help her.

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