Spirit Janna


Young Janna

Physical information




Fur color

Black, brown, and cream

Eye color


Distinguishing features

   Painted mark on forehead
   Spots on cheeks, legs, and shoulders

Biographical information
Also known as

   Grandmother (by Baliyo and Rani)
   Mother (by Surak)




Tree of Life


   Great Lions of the Past
   Tree of Life monarchy


   Great Lion of the Past
   Guardian of the Tree of Life
   Queen of the Tree of Life

Relationship information

Surak (son)
Baliyo (grandson)
Rani (granddaughter)

We all have our scars, Rani. Sisi ni sawa.

Janna is a female lion. She is the guardian and queen of the Tree of Life who precedes Rani. She is the mother of Surak, and the grandmother of Baliyo and Rani.

When Kion seeks the Tree of Life for healing, he inadvertently offends Rani, who forbids him entry. After the incident, Janna advises Rani to reconsider her decision and allow Kion to heal at the Tree of Life. Because of Janna's suggestion, Rani agrees, and Janna allows Kion and his teammates to remain at the Tree of Life for the duration of his healing process.

Later, Janna weakens due to her old age and calls her family to her deathbed. She passes on her crown to Rani and informs her that she is ready to lead the Tree of Life. Afterward, Janna dies, though her spirit lives on in the form of a Great Lion of the Past.



Janna reigned as the queen of the Tree of Life. At some point, she gave birth to two cubs: Surak and his sibling, either Sãhasí or Ãnanda. Janna had a Royal Mjuzi who passed away. During her queenship, Janna mentored her granddaughter Rani, who was next in line for the throne due to the passing of Sāhasí and Ãnanda.

The Lion Guard

"The Tree of Life"

The Roar. It has finally returned.
―Janna on Kion's Roar of the Elders[src]

When the Night Pride struggles to defend the Tree of Life from the Lion Guard, Rani counsels with Janna. After learning that Kion possesses the Roar of the Elders, Janna permits the Lion Guard access.

"The River of Patience"

I'm glad you are here, Makini. It's been some time since we've had a Royal Mjuzi.
―Janna to Makini[src]
Meet Janna

The Lion Guard meets Janna at the Tree of Life

The Lion Guard arrives at the Tree of Life, where they meet Janna. Kion explains that he and his friend, Ono, have come for healing. Nirmala, a gifted healer, examines them and comes to the conclusion that Kion's injuries will be far more difficult to heal than Ono's. Janna orders her granddaughter, Rani, to give the Lion Guard a tour of the kingdom while Kion begins his healing journey with Nirmala. Janna then offers to complete Makini's Royal Mjuzi training, to which Makini delightfully accepts.

Janna teaches Makini that Askari, the first leader of the Lion Guard, had discovered the Roar of the Elders at the Tree of Life. She then gifts Makini with a new bakora staff, the one that had belonged to Janna's last Royal Mjuzi.

Just then, the Lion Guard and the Night Pride arrive, and Rani accuses Kion of letting in Makucha and his army of predators. Kion apologizes and offers his services in defeating Makucha's army, but Janna advises Kion to heal before he helps the Night Pride.

"Little Old Ginterbong"

Welcome, traveler. I am Janna, Queen of the Tree of Life. What brings you here?
―Janna welcomes Mama Binturong[src]
Heal Ono

Janna channels the Tree of Life's power to heal Ono's damaged eyesight

Mama Binturong tricks the Night Pride by pretending to be an animal in need who has been plagued by Makucha and his army. The pride brings Mama Binturong to Janna, who accepts her for healing. Not wanting to give herself away, Mama Binturong introduces herself as a "ginterbong." She asks for a tour of the territory, but Janna explains that the Night Pride rests during the daytime.

Afterward, Janna channels the Tree of Life's powers to heal Ono's eyesight. Ono is delighted, but Janna warns him that his vision will never be as good as it once was.

Meanwhile, Mama Binturong returns to her allies and instructs them to kill Janna while she distracts the Night Pride. However, the plot is foiled, as Ono sees through Mama Binturong's lies.

"Long Live the Queen"

Rani. You have everything you need to be queen. And you won't be alone. The Night Pride will stand beside you. And Makini, your Royal Mjuzi, will help guide you.
―Janna blesses Rani[src]
Janna dying

A weakened Janna greets her friends and family

Janna calls the Night Pride and Kion to her when she feels her time coming. She tells her grandson, Baliyo, to give his sister Rani strength, entrusts Nirmala with the Tree of Life's healing powers, tells her son, Surak, to lend Rani his wisdom, and encourages Kion to remain at the Tree of Life. Finally, she tells Rani that she is ready to become queen. Janna then dies peacefully in her sleep.

After Janna's death, Makini announces her passing to the residents of the Tree of Life. Her funeral is held at the Willows. At the funeral, Rani tells Kion about her grandmother's wisdom and expresses a desire to be as good a queen as her.

After Rani's coronation, she speaks to the night sky, telling Janna that she is ready.

"Return to the Pride Lands"

Rafiki mentions that Janna had been right about Makini's future being at the Tree of Life rather than the Pride Lands.

Janna appears as a spirit at Kion's coronation.

Personality and traits

Janna carries herself with an aura of nobility. She is quiet and soft-spoken, like her son, Surak.

Like Mufasa, Janna is a wise ruler who cares for her family and subjects, and in return, is loved by them. She is not one to judge simply by appearance or species, welcoming various animals who are in need to the Tree of Life


  • Janna is the mother of either Sãhasí or Ãnanda. It is never revealed in the series.[2]


  1. Shohreh Aghdashloo. IMDb., Inc. Retrieved on September 13, 2020.
  2. Revealed in "The Tree of Life" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 11, Season 3. Written by Kendall Michele Haney and directed by Howy Parkins. Originally aired October 6, 2019.

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