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Physical characteristics
Hair color

Black, brown, cream, and gold

Eye color

Black, brown, and green


   Black spots

Sociocultural characteristics



   Azaad's territory
   Pride Lands
   Tree of Life



Notable members


I'm a cheetah. Cheetahs don't get worn out.

Cheetahs are a species of animal native to Azaad's territory, the Pride Lands, and the Tree of Life.

Physical characteristics

The cheetah is a large-sized feline with a slim build and long limbs. Most have a black tear-stripe running from their eyes to their mouths. Their fur is light gold and spotted with black splotches. Their undersides are pale and have no spots.

Sociocultural characteristics

Don't cheetahs like to hunt alone?
Tiifu on Fuli[src]

Cheetahs are by far the fastest animals in the Pride Lands. They are solitary creatures and do not even share territory with one another, as seen when Azaad complains about Fuli being on his land. Additionally, cheetahs are known for disliking water.


The Lion King

Cheetahs attend Simba's presentation. Later, they appear during the "I Just Can't Wait to Be King" musical sequence.

The Lion King II: Simba's Pride

Cheetahs attend Kiara's presentation. Later, they help drive Kovu out of the Pride Lands during the "One of Us" musical sequence. After the union of the Pride Landers and Outsiders, cheetahs gather at Pride Rock to celebrate.

The Lion King 1½

A cheetah crests a ridge on the morning of Simba's presentation.

The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar

Kion recruits Fuli, a cheetah, to be the fastest member of the Lion Guard. Fuli helps drive out a clan of invading hyenas.

The Lion Guard

"Fuli's New Family"

Fuli attempts to hunt solo but gets constantly bothered by her friends. At one point, Timon asks Fuli about her family, and she responds that female cheetahs hunt alone.

"The Search for Utamu"

Kion worries that Fuli will overexert herself, but she insists that cheetahs do not get worn out. Ono starts to protest, but when Fuli glares at him, he falls silent. Later, Fuli tires herself out and is set upon by Mzingo and his parliament. Mzingo expresses doubt about a cheetah's limits, and Mwoga wonders if Fuli knows how quickly cheetahs tire.


Fuli is tasked with returning a baby baboon to his troop. When the two arrive at the baby baboon's home in Mapango Cliffs, they are attacked by Mzingo's parliament, but Fuli and the baboons fight them off.

"The Wisdom of Kongwe"

Fuli explains to Kongwe that she sees more because of her great speed.

"Cave of Secrets"

Fuli's test involves her saving the Lion Guard and Makini from a rolling boulder. She runs on top of the boulder to make it dodge her friends.

"The Queen's Visit"

Fuli serves as one of Dhahabu's bodyguards.

"The Race to Tuliza"

Fuli enters Azaad's territory in her search for tuliza. Along the way, she gets lost in the network of passes, and Azaad demands to know why she is in his territory. She informs him that she is helping a friend. Azaad scoffs at the idea of a cheetah having a friend, but Fuli does not give in, instead asking for Azaad's help in navigating the terrain. He agrees, but only if she bests him in a race.

Azaad and Fuli have their first race

Azaad and Fuli have their first race, but Fuli loses, as she trips on a patch of uneven ground. She accuses Azaad of cheating and insists that they race again, to which Azaad reluctantly agrees. They start their rematch, and Fuli begins to pull ahead. Refusing to be bested, Azaad takes a shortcut by jumping over a canyon, but he only barely catches on to the cliff and starts to fall. Fuli hears his cries and races back to help him. A shocked Azaad questions why she had not simply won the race, and Fuli explains that friends help each other.

Fuli returns to her friend, Kion, with the tuliza. Immediately, Kion calms, and the Lion Guard continues on its way. Before leaving, Fuli bids Azaad farewell and says that she hopes to see him again.

"Journey to the Pride Lands"

Azaad helps lead the Lion Guard back to the Pride Lands.

"Return to the Pride Lands"

Fuli beats Kasi in a race for the Battle of the Lion Guards. Later, Fuli joins the Night Pride and moves to the Tree of Life.

Notable cheetahs



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