Physical Attributes




Skin color

Gray and pink

Eye color


Distinguishing features

Long, white tusks

Biographical Information
Name meaning





Pride Lands


Ma Tembo's herd
Pride Landers

That's all well and good for storks, but elephants don't fly.
―Zito to Hadithi

Zito is a male elephant. He is a member of Ma Tembo's herd.


The Lion Guard: The Rise of Scar

Zito appears amidst Ma Tembo's herd as Ma Tembo searches for water. Presently, Zito falls under attack from Janja's clan, but the hyenas are soon driven off by the Lion Guard. Zito then continues to follow Ma Tembo in the search for a new water source.

When Ma Tembo successfully locates water, Zito drinks with the other Pride Landers.

The Lion Guard

"The Rise of Makuu"

Zito witnesses the mashindano between Makuu and Pua.

"Can't Wait to be Queen"

When a wise old elephant named Aminifu dies, Zito pays his respects. He listens to Simba's speech at the funeral and reacts with shock when Simba speaks incorrect elephantese. However, like the other elephants, Zito laughs at the harmless error.

"Fuli's New Family"

Zito and his herd sing "My Own Way" as they walk past Fuli.

"The Call of the Drongo"

Zito can be seen resting near a watering hole.

"Bunga and the King"

During an elephant concert, Zito performs alongside his herd. When Simba arrives, he listens to the lions sing "Hakuna Matata".

"Ono's Idol"

A legendary eagle named Hadithi comes to the Pride Lands and begins to preach wise words. To a crowd of Pride Landers, he preaches, "The higher you fly, the more they'll look up to you," to which Zito counters that this advice does not apply well to elephants. Ono steps forward and explains that Hadithi is referring to how each animal can better themselves by getting through challenges, and Zito thanks Ono for clarifying.

"Let Sleeping Crocs Lie"

Zito is seen watching the mashindano between Kiburi and Makuu.

"Rafiki's New Neighbors"

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Zito uses a large rock to clamber to safety

In the Pride Lands, the Lion Guard attempts to save a pair of hippopotamuses and Zito from dry lightning. As the team begins to lead their charges away from the watering hole, dry lightning strikes, trapping the animals in a ring of fire. Zito attempts to spray the fire out, but to no avail.

Presently, Beshte pushes a boulder into the flames, allowing his teammates and their charges to safely cross the ring of fire. Kion uses the Roar of the Elders to put out the fire, and Zito and the other Pride Landers thank him for saving them.

"The Ukumbusho Tradition"

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Zito expresses irritation at Makini for running out of paint while painting his sunburst

In Mizimu Grove, Zito takes part in preparing for the Ukumbusho Tradition, a celebration that honors the peace established between the elephants and lions of the Pride Lands. In the midst of the preparation, Makini arrives to help paint the elephants for the ceremony.

Later, Makini is painting sunbursts on Zito's forehead when she suddenly runs out of yellow paint, much to Zito's annoyance. Ma Tembo suggests that she collect more yellow fruit from the nearby forest. Makini does as she is told, clearing a hive of bees from a clump of yellow flowers in order to bring the plants before the elephants.

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Zico stampedes through Sehemu Pass in an attempt to escape a horde of bees

With his sunburst finished, Zito takes part in the Ukumbusho ceremony, but in the midst of the ceremony, a horde of bees attacks the elephants, chasing them from the grove. Kion orders his team to chase down the elephants before they can hurt anyone, and the Lion Guard takes off to halt the stampede. While on the run, the Guard realizes that the bees are attracted to the elephants' forehead paint, which is made of flowers.

Later, at Mizimu Grove, Makini volunteers to collect more yellow fruit for the paint, but Kion suggests continuing the ceremony without any paint. Simba tells Ma Tembo that this could simply be a new tradition for the elephants of the Pride Lands. Ma Tembo then agrees to the new plan, and the Ukumbusho Tradition continues in a new vein.

"The Scorpion's Sting"

Zito attends Simba's Kumbuka celebration at Pride Rock.

"The Wisdom of Kongwe"

Zito appears during the musical sequence "The Faster I Go".

"The Kilio Valley Fire"

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Zito and Fuli attempt to prevent the Kilio Valley fire from spreading

In Kilio Valley, the Lion Guard struggles to put out a widespread brush fire. At first, the team believes the fire to be put out, but then embers begin falling from the sky, reigniting the valley. The Lion Guard spreads out, accepting help from several of Ma Tembo's herd members, while Ma Tembo leads the rest of the herd out of the valley. However, she is cornered among the flames by Janja, Reirei, Kiburi, and their respective followers.

Ono overhears Janja's cackling and reports what he's heard to Kion, who suspects Scar of causing the trouble. He then orders his team to protect the elephants, leaving Kilio Valley to the mercy of the fire.

Just in time, the Lion Guard arrives to protect the elephants. The Lion Guard then leads Ma Tembo and her herd out of the blazing valley. Once to safety, Ma Tembo mourns her destroyed home. Zito blames the Lion Guard for failing to save Kilio Valley, to which Kion guiltily accepts the criticism. Ma Tembo turns to Kion for help in finding a temporary home, and he resolves to help the elephants.

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Zito blames Kion for the loss of Kilio Valley

Kion leads the elephants to the galagos and the giraffes, but both turn the elephants away. Frustrated, Kion orders Bupu to accept the elephants until the Lion Guard can come up with another solution. The Lion Guard discovers that Ma Tembo has been forcibly outed by Bupu. Kion approaches the herd and assures Ma Tembo that he will find them a new home, but Ma Tembo insists that they must leave the Pride Lands, as no one else wants them.

Just then, Ono alerts Kion to a new fire that has broken out at Ndefu Grove. The Lion Guard rushes to the grove, where Laini begs them to save her galagos. Kion races across the Pride Lands to where Ma Tembo and her herd are still en route to another kingdom. He explains the situation to her, and she agrees to help the galagos, as she considers the other Pride Landers her family. Zito, however, refuses to help, staying behind to look after the mothers and their calves.

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Zico saves Kion from being crushed by a falling tree

With Kion and Ma Tembo in the lead, the elephants arrive in Ndefu Grove, where they promptly put out the fire. In the midst of the chaos, a tree nearly falls on Kion, when Zito suddenly appears and catches it on his back. Kion is delighted at Zito's change of heart, and Zito explains that he should not turn his back on his family.

After the fire is put out, Laini thanks the elephants for their help and offers them a place in Ndefu Grove.

Physical appearance

Zito is a large and bulky elephant with a long trunk and two white tusks. His skin is dark gray tinged with blue, and he bears several dark spots on top of his head and along his back. Zito's eyes are black, and he has two notches in his left ear.

Personality and traits

Although Zito initially appears friendly when approached, he can demonstrate a very short temper. He has great regard for tradition, and is prone to lashing out at others when things are not going as planned. Despite this, Zito can take a joke and has great respect for animals of importance, such as the Lion Guard.


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