As the queen of the Back Lands, Dhahabu had access to and control over a valuable watering hole. The Lion Guard came on behalf of the Pride Lands to forge a water treaty between the kingdoms. This treaty was eventually honored during the heat of the dry season.
Dhahabu was born with a rare golden pelt. At some point in her life, she became the leader of a herd of zebras in the Back Lands as well as the realm's queen.
Water treaty with the Pride Lands
Kion led his team into the Back Lands, where they encountered two zebra siblings named Raha and Starehe, who agreed to lead them to their leader, Dhahabu. Once the Lion Guard arrived, the zebras praised their leader for being so uniquely beautiful and special.
After meeting the herd, Kion introduced himself to Dhahabu and revealed that he was from the Pride Lands. Dhahabu then took the Lion Guard aside and showed them the whole of Dhahabu Grove, which she called the "happiest place in the Back Lands." Kion explained to Dhahabu that the Pride Lands was experiencing a major drought and requested permission for his fellow Pride Landers to use the zebras' watering hole, but Dhahabu was evasive and demanded that the Lion Guard first bring her her herd's favorite food, a Tamboa plant.
The Lion Guard located the plant, and Beshte bore it back to Dhahabu on his back. The Lion Guard presented it to her, adding that they had fulfilled their end of the bargain. To their shock, Dhahabu called off the deal and even forbid her own herd from using the watering hole. Suspicious, Kion sent Ono to investigate the situation, and Ono returned with news that the watering hole had dried up. Hearing this, Dhahabu's herd dispersed, abandoning her.
Dhahabu admitted to Kion that she had noticed the water disappearing several days ago but had not wanted to make her herd unhappy by sharing the bad news. Kion gently reminded her that leaders had to tell the truth, even if the information was grave, and that they had to help when there was a problem. He then offered to assist her with her water problem in exchange for the Pride Landers' access to her watering hole, to which Dhahabu delightfully agreed.
The Lion Guard followed Dhahabu to the watering hole, where she explained that there used to be a waterfall that spilled into the pool. Ono investigated the dried-up falls and informed Kion that a rockslide had caused a blockage downriver. The Lion Guard began to pursue Ono's find, but Dhahabu warned them that they would be walking into leopard territory. When the Lion Guard ignored her warnings, she insisted that she accompany them, as she wanted to be a good leader.
Once at the scene of the blockage, the Lion Guard was confronted by Makucha and his friends. The two groups engaged in a fight, during which the Lion Guard managed to chase away Makucha's minions. However, Makucha managed to trap Dhahabu and warned the Lion Guard that he would harm her if they did not surrender. In answer, the Lion Guard dropped hints to Dhahabu that she could be a good leader by fighting back, and Dhahabu quickly took action, knocking over Makucha and kicking him into the dam.
The force of Makucha's hit caused the rocks to break apart, and the river swelled once more, filling Dhahabu's watering hole. Makucha retreated, while Dhahabu offered the Lion Guard access to her new watering hole. With Dhahabu's permission, Kion led the Pride Landers into Dhahabu Grove, where they joined the zebras in enjoying the water. Dhahabu invited the Lion Guard to join in, which they did.
Dhahabu arrived in the Pride Lands to discuss a water treaty between the kingdoms. After meeting with Simba atop Pride Rock, Dhahabu was escorted on a tour around the kingdom by Kiara, Tiifu, and Zuri. The Lion Guard tagged along at Dhahabu's insistence.
In the middle of the tour, a bolt of dry lightning ignited the plains, endangering Dhahabu. While Kiara, Tiifu, and Zuri managed to escape, Dhahabu hesitated, and Fuli was forced to shout at her to jolt her out of her panic. Together, the two jumped over the fire to safety, and the rest of the Lion Guard successfully put out the fire.
After the rescue, Dhahabu praised Fuli for her bravery and Tiifu and Zuri for remaining at her side throughout the ordeal. She then insisted that the three of them stay with her for the remainder of her visit. Though Fuli was reluctant to leave the Lion Guard, Kion reminded her that they had to appease Dhahabu for the sake of the treaty, and so she reluctantly agreed.
Later, Dhahabu was being set upon by jackals. Together with Raha and Starehe, the Lion Guard rushed to the rescue and fought off the pack. During the fight, Tiifu and Zuri cowered behind Dhahabu, while Raha and Starehe fiercely fought off their queen's attackers. Dhahabu misinterpreted the situation, believing that Tiifu and Zuri were her saviors, and so appointed them to her "Queen's Guard" along with Fuli. Much to the Lion Guard's surprise, Raha and Starehe did not correct Dhahabu and instead let Tiifu and Zuri take the credit.
Shortly afterward, Dhahabu was freshening up in a water hole when the jackals attacked again, this time with crocodile allies. Ono informed the Lion Guard of the predicament, and Raha and Starehe raced off to defend their queen. This time, they fought in front of Dhahabu, who was incredulous at their skills.
After the fight, Dhahabu relieved Fuli, Tiifu, and Zuri of their duties and appointed Raha and Starehe in their stead. Together, the group returned to Pride Rock, where Dhahabu renewed her water treaty with the Pride Landers.
Dhahabu is a slender zebra with a rare golden pelt. She has gold and white stripes, a short mane, brown hooves, and blue eyes.
Personality and traits
Although prideful, Dhahabu is friendly and amiable, and will gladly share with others. She will do anything to please her herd, even going to far as to lie to them in order to conceal a truth that might cause them sadness. Above all else, Dhahabu desires to be a good leader to those who follow and respect her.
- Dhahabu was voiced by Renée Elise Goldsberry.
- Dhahabu's name means "gold" in Swahili.
- Revealed in "The Golden Zebra" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 14, Season 2. Written by Elise Allen and directed by Howy Parkins. Originally aired January 9, 2018.
- Revealed in "The Queen's Visit" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 27, Season 2. Written by Don Gillies and directed by Tom De Rosier. Originally aired February 18, 2019.
- Renée Elise Goldsberry. IMDb. IMDb.com, Inc. Retrieved on September 1, 2020.
- Online Swahili - English Dictionary. African Languages. Retrieved on September 1, 2020.