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Physical information




Hair color

Brown, cream, and tan

Eye color


Distinguishing features

   Colorless paws
   Head tuft

Biographical information



Pride Lands


   Pride Landers
   Scar's pride

Relationship information

Unnamed mother


Kula, Nala, Ni, Sarafina

I was thinking that lions are by far the best animals around. We are superior beings.

Chumvi is a male lion. He is a member of Scar's pride.

One day, a rogue lion wandered into the Pride Lands. Chumvi dared his friend Nala to speak with the rogue, and she did so. However, after Nala befriended the stranger, the two were set upon by hyenas and were only narrowly rescued by Nala's mother, Sarafina. After the incident, Chumvi apologized to Nala for the dare and befriended her rogue friend Ni.


Early life

Chumvi lived in the Pride Lands as a member of Scar's pride. As a cub, he befriended Kula and Nala.[1]

Encounter with Ni

Nala: I'm not afraid of anything! So why would I be afraid of talking to a lion from another pride?
Chumvi: I don't believe you. I dare you!
Nala: Fine with me.
Chumvi: Okay, then. I dare you to talk to that lion over there!
Kula: Don't do it. That cat looks kinda weird.
Chumvi: I dare you.
—Chumvi, Kula, and Nala[src]

Nala told her mother, Sarafina, that she was going to the ledge with her two friends, Chumvi and Kula. When Nala arrived, Chumvi teased her for being late. The cubs headed to their favorite spot, a steep ledge on the far side of Pride Rock. Along the way, Chumvi and Nala poked fun at each other.

Chumvi announced to his friends that lions were the best animals in all the world, even going so far as to call them "superior beings." Nala pointed out that other animals were just different, and, to her surprise, Chumvi agreed with her. He then jokingly pointed out that anteaters were certainly different. He tried to imitate the creatures by lowering his head and poking around with his nose. Kula laughed and teasingly asked him if he had found any bugs. Chumvi then stretched up his neck and told his friends that giraffes were pretty dumb-looking as well. Nala tried to defend the giraffes, but Kula continued the joke by pretending to be a hippopotamus. Chumvi imitated her by throwing back his head and opening his mouth as wide as it would go. He then laughed about how elephants were just as ridiculous. Holding his front leg in front of his face, he tried to imitate an elephant's trunk. A greatly amused Kula copied him. Nala tried to slacken the pace of the teasing, but Chumvi continued to boast that lions were the best animals in all the world. He announced to his friends that their pride was better than any other.

The cubs reached the ledge, and Nala told Chumvi that other lions were probably just like them. Chumvi asked her if she would ever talk to a rogue lion, and Nala nonchalantly said yes. Kula asked her if she would be too afraid, but Nala denied this. Chumvi refused to believe her. He dared her to talk to a strange lion and find out about his pride. Nala accepted the offer coolly. Chumvi then spotted a rogue lion resting in some nearby grass and dared Nala to talk to him. Kula protested, and Nala hesitated. Making up her mind to impress Chumvi, Nala started to approach the rogue lion, but was interrupted by a deafening roar. Chumvi called her back, and the three hurried to Pride Rock, having recognized the roar as an emergency call.

On their way back to Pride Rock, the cubs pondered the meaning of the roar. Chumvi suggested that someone might have been hurt, but Kula thought that there had been a hunting accident. When the three reached Pride Rock, Sarafina rushed out to meet them. She told them that a rogue lion had been spotted in the Pride Lands and that all the adult lions on Pride Rock had roared to scare him away. Chumvi asked if he was gone, but Sarafina was not sure. She then bustled them back to a rock terrace.

As soon as Sarafina was gone, Chumvi told Nala that she had been lucky. Nala was confused, and Chumvi pointed out that she had gotten out of her dare. He told her that no one would go near the rogue lion, for they were not brave enough. Nala protested that she could do it, but Chumvi once again brushed her aside and told her that his mother would not want him to stay out so late. After he left, Nala told Kula that he was wrong and that she was brave enough. Amid Kula's protests, Nala reminded her that Chumvi thought she was a coward, even though she really was not.

The next morning, Kula tried to convince Nala to drop the dare, but Nala wanted to prove to Chumvi that she was brave. Later, after Nala met the strange lion, who turned out to be friendly, she asked him to come back to Pride Rock with her. She then introduced him to Chumvi and Kula. Shortly afterward, Nala and the rogue, Ni, were surrounded by vicious hyenas. Just as the situation began to look hopeless, Sarafina rushed to the rescue, closely followed by Chumvi and Kula.

After Sarafina and Ni chased the hyenas away, Chumvi and his friends followed the older lions back to Pride Rock. During the trip, Chumvi apologized to Nala and told her that he had been worried about her. The two friends rubbed shoulders, then playfully tried to shove each other off the path. Kula caught up to Nala and asked her if Ni had really saved her. When Nala confirmed this, Chumvi was amazed and asked her if she had been scared. Nala hesitated, then coughed with embarrassment, telling Chumvi that she had in fact been scared.

After Ni was introduced to the Pride Landers, he shared a snack with Chumvi and his friends. After the meal, they showed him around the Pride Lands, including the best climbing trees and their favorite caves. They had wrestling matches and played "stalk-and-ambush." After the fun and games were over, Ni told Chumvi and Kula goodbye, and Nala escorted him out of the territory.[1]

Physical appearance

Chumvi is a small lion cub. He has dark brown fur with tan eye rims, a head tuft, and a tan muzzle. His eyes are reddish-brown.[1]

Personality and traits

Nala, I'm sorry I teased you. It was a crummy thing to do to a friend. I was so worried about you!

Chumvi is very playful and adventurous. He has a good sense of humor as well as a talkative nature. Unlike his friends, he is arrogant and prideful, and looks down on other species. His impulsive antics and dare-devilish schemes often inflame Nala's pride, though he has admitted this as a fault and since become more careful.[1]



  • Chumvi's name means "salt" in Swahili.[2]
  • Chumvi makes a reference to anteaters, but in actuality, anteaters only live in South America.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Barkan, Joanne. Nala's Dare (1994). ISBN: 0717284719.
  2. Online Swahili - English Dictionary. African Languages. Retrieved on September 1, 2020.
  3. Giant anteater. National Geographic. Retrieved on September 8, 2020.