The aardvark is a four-legged species of moderate size. It generally sports long ears, an elongated snout, a furless tail, and sharp digging claws. Most aardvarks have brown pelts, with lighter fur along their chests and muzzles, and darker fur on their legs.
Those aardvarks who reside in the Pride Lands live in burrows, generally near a source of water, and feed on fruits and grubs. They can be quite territorial and do not take lightly to intrusions or other animals stealing their food. Hyenas are known to prey upon aardvarks.
On the day of the Kupatana celebration, the jackals disrupt the aardvark dens. Muhangus demands an explanation, and Beshte assures him that the situation will be handled. However, Goigoi eats one of Muhangus's fruits, which infuriates Muhangus and prompts Muhanga to accuse the jackals of theft. Eventually, the Lion Guard convinces the jackals to move elsewhere.
Later, Muhangus appears during the "Jackal Style" musical sequence. While one jackal pup distracts him, another lies down in front of his den.
That evening, both Muhangus and Muhanga attend the Kupatana celebration. However, the celebration is disrupted by the jackals, who attempt to eat the Pride Landers. However, the animals fight back and surround the jackals.
Muhangus and Muhanga mistake a pack of aardwolves for hyenas. They appeal to the Lion Guard for help, and Kion uses the Roar of the Elders to banish the supposed intruders. Later, Simba informs the Lion Guard that aardwolves like to sleep in aardvark dens.
When Kion and his friends are playing in a mud pond, Muhangus emerges from underground and complains about the noise. Later, Kion and his friend Bunga get lost underground and stumble upon a slumbering Muhangus. Kion attempts to awaken Muhangus to no avail, but Bunga yells so loudly that Muhangus is startled awake. Irritated at Kion and Bunga's presence in his den, Muhangus refuses to help them navigate the tunnels. However, Bunga threatens to remain in Muhangus's den forever, and so Muhangus begrudgingly agrees to escort them outside. Later, the group runs into Thurston, who panics at the thought of being underground. This frightens Muhangus and prompts him to dig his way out of danger, abandoning his charges in the process.
Several aardvarks attend Makini's mpando mpaya ceremony at Mizimu Grove. However, Scar's army attacks the gathered Pride Landers, and Simba saves a young aardvark from Cheezi and Chungu. In the midst of the chaos, Scar himself appears in the flames and threatens to overtake the Pride Lands. After Scar's departure, the Pride Landers panic and debate whether they should leave the kingdom or not.
The next morning, the Pride Landers gather at Pride Rock to announce their decisions. Kion leads the various herds to Mizimu Grove and shows them how Makini's mpando mpaya survived the attack. This inspires the Pride Landers to remain in the Pride Lands.
- In the January 1990 version of The Lion King, an aardvark named Daabi served as a close friend of Simba's. She and her cousin aardvarks participated in the final battle, siding with Simba over Scar.
- During early production of The Lion King, aardvarks participated in the scrapped musical number "To Be King".
- The Lion King JT Allen original movie script 1-19-90 (PDF). Retrieved on November 25, 2020.