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Antelope
Antelope
Physical characteristics
Hair color

Black, blue, brown, gray, tan, and white

Eye color

Amber, black, blue, brown, green, and red

Distinctions

   Long ears and muzzles
   Hooves

Sociocultural characteristics
Habitat

Savanna

Dominions

Pride Lands

Diet

Grass

Predators

   Cheetahs
   Hyenas
   Leopards
   Lions

Notable members

   Boboka
   Boboka's son
   Bupu
   Mzaha
   Swala

When we die, our bodies become the grass, and the antelope eat the grass...and so, we are all connected in the great Circle of Life.
Mufasa on the Circle of Life[src]

Antelope are a species of animal native to the Pride Lands. There are several variations of antelope, including bushbucks, elands, gazelles, impalas, klipspringers, kudus, oryxes, reedbucks, and sable antelope. They feed on grass and are preyed upon by cheetahs, hyenas, leopards, and lions.

Physical characteristics

An antelope is a four-legged animal of moderate size. Antelope have furry hides, typically brown or gray in color, though some variations are blue. Their eyes range in color, though black and brown are the most common. Some antelope have horns.

Sociocultural characteristics

Antelope are skittish by nature and will flee at the slightest noise. They are commonly hunted by cheetahs, hyenas, and lions.

History

The Lion King

Topi during "Circle of Life"

Antelope attend the presentation of Simba, where they pay their respects to the future heir of the Pride Lands. They make their second appearance when Mufasa is explaining to his son that antelope are just as much a part of the Circle of Life as lions. Along with other animals, they sing "I Just Can't Wait to Be King". Later, they are mentioned by Simba when he asks Timon and Pumbaa what kind of prey resides in the jungle. Antelope are last seen at Pride Rock for the presentation of Simba's cub.

The Lion King II: Simba's Pride

Antelope come to the presentation of Kiara. They are seen again during the "We Are One" musical sequence when Simba and his daughter race across the Pride Lands. Later, they make a brief appearance during Kiara's first hunt. Along with their fellow animals, they sing "One of Us", during which they help to drive Kovu out of the Pride Lands. They appear again during "Love Will Find a Way", during which Kiara enviously watches a pair of antelope nuzzle. At the end of the film, they journey back to Pride Rock to celebrate the union of the Outsiders and the Pride Landers.

The Lion King 1½

Antelope are briefly seen when Timon and Pumbaa watch the first film. They are later seen at Simba's presentation as the sequence from the first film carries out. They appear again during "I Just Can't Wait to Be King".

The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar

A herd of gazelles is spun into a stampede when Janja and his clan attempt to hunt them. Just in time, the Lion Guard arrives and chases off the hyenas. However, the herd keeps running, endangering Kiara, and Bunga jumps in to save her.

The Lion Guard

"Never Judge a Hyena by its Spots"

A herd of oryx are being chased by Janja and his cronies, Cheezi and Chungu. Just in time, the Lion Guard races to the rescue, and Kion chases the hyenas off while the other members calm the herd.

"The Rise of Makuu"

A herd of gazelles can be seen at the mashindano between Makuu and Pua. After Makuu's victory, he and his float invade Big Springs, pushing the antelope out of their territory and into that of the giraffes.

"Bunga the Wise"

During a severe series of storms, the Pride Lands flood, and Kion expresses concern for a herd of grazing oryx. Not long after this, Bunga begins doling out bad advice, and a herd of bushbucks attempts to take his advice by eating poisonous flowers. Just in time, the Lion Guard stops them. They later save an oryx from falling off a cliff, which proves to have been another bad idea from Bunga.

"Can't Wait to be Queen"

While singing "Duties of the King", Zazu mentions that some of Simba's duties include welcoming herds from all around, including gazelle herds, and setting limits on bushbuck-hopping. Later, the Lion Guard accidentally collides with a herd of elands while running from bees.

"The Kupatana Celebration"

Various kinds of antelope can be seen at the Kupatana celebration.

"Fuli's New Family"

Several times, Fuli attempts to hunt a gazelle, but she is continually interrupted by her friends. At one point, she and Kiara sneak up on a gazelle, but Nala calls for a halt, and Fuli falls to the ground. During "My Own Way", several oryxes are seen running through the Pride Lands.

"The Search for Utamu"

A bird frantically flies up to Fuli, begging her to break up an oryx fight that is too close to their nests. Fuli does as she's asked, and the oryx run away in a panic.

"The Call of the Drongo"

The hyenas sneak up on the impalas

A pair of gazelles is visible when Kion surveys the Pride Lands. Additionally, Janja, Cheezi, and Chungu chase a herd of impalas, only to be thwarted by the Lion Guard. Later, Tamaa impersonates Kion's voice and tells the impalas to run into the Outlands in order to escape the hyenas. At first, the herd ignores him. However, when Thurston panics and runs away, the impalas follow. The herd stampedes into a dead-end and are set upon by the hyenas. The Lion Guard arrives in time to save the herd, then leads them back to the Pride Lands.

"Paintings and Predictions"

The Lion Guard frees a young gazelle, whose hoof is trapped beneath a rock. However, Bunga begins to slide down the slope with the gazelle. The two are saved by Kion, who grabs onto Bunga from behind. Though Bunga thinks the experience was fun, the gazelle expresses disapproval. Ono then returns the gazelle to its herd.

"The Mbali Fields Migration"

The Lion Guard rushes to stop a herd of gazelles from fighting with a herd of zebras. Once there, Beshte recognizes the gazelles as being Swala's herd and the zebras as being Muhimu's herd. Beshte is perplexed because Swala and Muhimu have always been friends.

Swala's herd fights with Muhimu's herd over a grazing ground

The Lion Guard rushes down the slope to put a stop to the fight, but once there, Bunga gets sat on by an actively fighting Muhimu. Despite the honey badger's predicament, the two herd leaders continue squabbling 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.

Kion goes to his father, Simba, for advice, and the king advises his son to take the herds to Mbali Fields, a grazing ground on the edge of the Pride Lands. A shocked Kion wonders if he is adept enough to lead a migration, but Simba assures him that he will do fine.

Across the Pride Lands, Bunga announces to the herds that they're going to be taken across the Pride Lands to Mbali Fields. During his announcement, he runs into Muhimu, but she refuses to acknowledge that she'd sat on him earlier. She then tells Bunga that her need to reach the grazing ground is imperative.

Kion leads the combined herds on their journey to Mbali Fields

Meanwhile, 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, following 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.

Kion rescues Swala from a flood

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. As more rocks continue to fall, Bunga leaps onto Muhimu, rescuing her, and she realizes that he has just saved her life. Meanwhile, 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.

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 Muhimu, who finds herself in Bunga's debt once more.

Swala protects Muhimu from the hyenas

Once the herds are safe, they begin to complain about Kion, criticizing his choice to take them through the canyon. Kion receives encouragement from the spirit of Mufasa, after which he returns to the herds with new energy. However, they continue to gripe against him, refusing to trust him, until 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 and Bunga stay behind to help Muhimu give birth.

The gazelles and zebras in Mbali Fields

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.

"Bunga and the King"

The Lion Guard helps a herd of sable antelope who are stuck in mud.

"Janja's New Crew"

The hyenas cause a stampede of sable antelope, but the Lion Guard stops them. Also, Nne schemes to chase a herd of antelope in order to draw the Lion Guard's attention. Then, while the Guard is distracted, the hyenas can chase a herd of oryxes instead.

"Beware the Zimwi"

Several gazelles hide in a bush, fearful of the Zimwi. They frighten Mtoto and his friends, who believe they themselves have encountered the Zimwi. Later, the Lion Guard encounters the same gazelles and nearly attack them until they reveal themselves and explain why they'd been hiding. After the Lion Guard flees from the Zimwi, they run into the gazelles, causing a stampede. However, Beshte clears a path for them, and Fuli herds them into a clearing.

"Never Roar Again"

A lone klipspringer is trapped in the midst of a raging river

The Lion Guard saves a herd of gazelles from Janja and his clan.

Additionally, the Lion Guard encounters a lone klipspringer who is stranded on a rock in the middle of a river. The Lion Guard knock down a tree and attempt to cross, only for the rotting tree to break under Kion. The rest of the Lion Guard attempts to help him, but this causes the log to collapse completely. This frightens the klipspringer, who leaps to solid ground out of fear.

Later, different herds of antelope are relaxing in the Flood Plains until they are driven off by Makuu and his float.

"The Trail to Udugu"

Ono calms Swala's herd

Simba declares that a herd of gazelles need their help. The Lion Guard then follows his lead down the slope to rescue the gazelles. Ono reports that the gazelles are trying to reach a patch of grass above an unstable pile of rocks. Simba comments that the rocks will fall if the gazelles try to ascend them and then shouts for the Lion Guard to follow him. As Simba races away, Beshte asks the others if they should warn Simba that gazelles are easily spooked, but Bunga assures him that Simba know what he's doing.

The team streaks across the plains toward the gazelles, who shy away at the Guard's rapid advance. The herd begins to climb the rock pile, dislodging stones, and Ono yells for the Lion Guard to halt their approach. Simba, however, continues to run and gets his tail stuck underneath a massive boulder. The rest of the Lion Guard gathers around him, and Simba assures them that he is uninjured. Ono calms the stampeding herd.

"Ono's Idol"

A herd of klipspringers are cornered on a ledge by a waterfall by Janja's clan before the Guard intervenes. Later, several oryxes attend the Royal Mud Print Ceremony.

"Beshte and the Hippo Lanes"

A herd of bushbucks crosses the Flood Plains using the hippo lanes. Several antelope appear during the "Hippo Lanes" musical sequence.

Additionally, Bupu and his herd live in an area being overrun by floodwaters. The Lion Guard convinces them to vacate the area for safety reasons. Fuli later asks them to escape through the hippo lanes, and they do as she says.

"The Savannah Summit"

Bupu attends the Savannah Summit, representing the sable antelope. During the Savannah Summit, Makuu asks Bupu if his float may sleep in his grazing ground during the dry season. At first, Bupu refuses. However, after he becomes convinced that Makuu has reformed, he allows it and even argues with Vuruga Vuruga over where the float should stay.

"Rafiki's New Neighbors"

A young gazelle named Mzaha leaves his herd and takes up residence with his friends, Chama and Furaha. However, when the group of friends causes trouble, Fuli convinces Bupu to reintegrate Mzaha into the herd. Mzaha leaves again of his own accord. Later, Mzaha and his friends save Rafiki and Makini from a fire. Also, gazelles attend Makini's painting ceremony.

"The Morning Report"

Bupu gets his horns stuck in a tree where Nyuni is nesting. Zazu adds the dilemma to his Morning Report, much to Bupu's dismay. The Lion Guard eventually frees him, but Bupu continues to carry the branch and nest in his horns. Eventually, Bupu and Nyuni become friends, with Nyuni nesting in Bupu's horns. Also, gazelles appear during the "I Do Have a Great Deal to Say" musical sequence.

"Divide and Conquer"

The jackals chase a group of gazelles. The Lion Guard and Tamaa chase off the jackals, saving the gazelles.

"The Wisdom of Kongwe"

A herd of elands becomes trapped between a wildfire and Poromoko Crevasse, but the Lion Guard creates a bridge and saves the elands. Also, several oryxes appear during the "The Faster I Go" musical sequence.

"The Kilio Valley Fire"

When Ma Tembo and her herd are driven out of their territory by a fire, they stay with Bupu's herd for a while. However, when the elephants begin to spray themselves with dirt, Bupu insists that they must leave.

"Beshte and the Beast"

When Shujaa fights the hyenas, he hits them with a stick and sends them flying into several oryxes. The Army of Scar attempts to attack Bupu's herd, but the Lion Guard drives them off. Also, several impalas appear during "Shujaa Ponda (reprise)".

"Pride Landers Unite!"

Bupu's herd rushes into battle

Bupu's herd runs from what they think is a jackal. Kion urges them to call for the Guard next time instead of run. Later, the Lion Guard recruits Pride Landers to fight against the Outlanders. At first, the training goes poorly. Kion coaches the Pride Landers to run to him, but they fall over one another and fail the training exercise. Makuu also attempts to train the Pride Landers, but when the training does not go well, he gives up and leaves.

Later, the Army of Scar attacks Makuu's watering hole, but Bupu and his herd help save it. Makuu thanks them for their help and promises to do the same for them should the need arise.

"The Fall of Mizimu Grove"

Bupu's herd attends Makini's mpando mpaya. However, the Army of Scar disrupts the ceremony by attacking the Pride Landers. In the chaos, Bupu and his herd flee toward the Poromoko Crevasse, but Fuli manages to stop them in time. After the incident, the herds express a desire to the leave the Pride Lands due to Scar's presence. The next morning, the herds gather at Pride Rock to announce whether they will leave the Pride Lands or not. Kion leads them back to Mizimu Grove and shows them that Makini's mpando mpaya survived the attack, which convinces the herds to stay.

"Battle for the Pride Lands"

Several antelope participate in the final battle against Scar. Later, they gather to bid farewell to the Lion Guard as they depart for the Tree of Life.

"Journey to the Pride Lands"

When Kion accidentally breaks the Great Stone Wall, the Lion Guard warns a herd of klipspringers to get out of the way.

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