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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.

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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