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Physical information




Hair color

Brown, cream, and gray

Eye color


Biographical information



Pride Lands


Pride Landers

Relationship information

Jambo, Kopa, Zazu

Cool, fab, outta sight!

Kwaheri is a male monkey.

Kwaheri befriended Kopa, the prince of Pride Rock. One day, he and Jambo were playing "I-dare-you" with Kopa, during which they dared him to jump across a perilous ravine. However, a frightened Kopa fled and was consoled by Rafiki. Afterward, he returned to the monkeys and rebuffed their attempts to pull him into another unfair dare.


Early life

Kwaheri lived in the Pride Lands. At some point in his life, he befriended a fellow monkey named Jambo.[1]

Rumors of a beast

Zazu: What is this beast?
Jambo: I'm not sure. I just heard some ostriches talking about it.
Kwaheri: It sounds like bad news. Do you think it can climb trees?
—Jambo and Kwaheri share what they know about a rumored beast[src]

When Zazu was taking a break in a tree, he overheard Jambo gossiping with his friend, Kwaheri, about a strange beast. Zazu asked the monkeys about the beast, but Jambo was unsure of what he had heard and told Zazu that he had heard the rumor from the ostriches. Kwaheri thought it was bad news and asked his friend whether he thought it could climb trees or not. Zazu decided that he must figure things out right away and flew off to find out more about the beast.[2]

Friendship with Kopa

Lions who listen to the chattering of monkeys will never learn to roar!
―Kopa to Jambo and Kwaheri[src]

Kopa was playing with his monkey friends. He boasted about his role as the future king and watched Jambo and Kwaheri closely to make sure they were listening. However, as he was preoccupied in his talk, he did not watch where he was going and tripped over a tree root. Jambo and Kwaheri laughed at him and started teasing him about his clumsiness. They called him names, and Kopa, a bit annoyed, told them to drop it. Jambo changed the subject by inviting his friends to play a game of "I-dare-you," and Kopa and Kwaheri agreed enthusiastically. After Kopa dared Jambo, Kwaheri dared Kopa to jump off a tall, pointed rock.

Jambo and Kwaheri dare Kopa to jump across a gorge.

After a number of dares, the monkeys finally dared Kopa to catch them. The lion cub agreed, and the chase began. The monkeys were agile and evaded Kopa by swinging through the trees. He chased them long and hard until he barely had breath left. Finally, they led him to a dangerous gorge at the edge of a raging river. They called to him, and he saw them perched in a tree on the edge of the cliff. They skillfully leaped to a tree on the other side of the gorge and yelled to Kopa to come catch them. Kopa reminded them that he could not climb trees, and the monkeys told him to jump the gorge. Kopa hesitated, and Kwaheri broke into merciless mocking. After Jambo joined in, Kopa gave in to the pressure and decided to jump. But then he froze. The monkeys kept yelling, and Kopa finally turned and ran away.

Later, after Kopa heard Rafiki's story, Zazu told him that Jambo and Kwaheri were looking for him and that they would be waiting around the terrace. Kopa went to meet the monkeys again, and they greeted him with the same ceaseless chatter as before. They hung from the branches of an umbrella thorn tree, and Kopa scampered up to meet them. Jambo immediately told Kopa to watch him perform a trick. He did an amazing double somersault and landed on the ground in front of Kopa. Kwaheri repeated the trick, and Jambo told Kopa to give it a try. Kopa reminded the monkeys that they knew he could not do those things and then asked them to drop the subject. But the monkeys retaliated by daring him to do it and calling him a "scaredy-cat." Kopa started to walk away, and Kwaheri asked what was up. Kopa turned and told him that lions would never learn to roar if they listened to the chattering of monkeys. Jambo and Kwaheri stared at Kopa with mouths wide open. The cub listened to their unusual silence and decided that he liked it.[1]

Physical appearance

Kwaheri is small, long-limbed, and skinny. He has a reddish-brown main pelt, dusky-brown fur on his forehead, and beige hands and feet. He has a gray chest and orange-brown eyes. He is a shade lighter than his friend, Jambo.[2]

Personality and traits

Lily liver, yellow belly, jelly paws! You're no Lion King!
―Kwaheri taunts Kopa[src]

Kwaheri is social, talkative, and mischievous. He does not seem to be cognizant of Kopa's feelings, as he often laughs at the cub and teases him mercilessly for his blunders. Kwaheri likes to show off his acrobatic abilities to Kopa, either to spark a reaction or just be a show-off. He is also clueless when it comes to the difference between fun and danger, as he sometimes goes too far when playing games. After Kopa was dared to jump across a gorge, Jambo and Kwaheri taunted him and egged him on until Kopa finally turned and ran away. Later, they were rebuked, as Kopa was tired of their endless chatter.[1]



  • Kwaheri's name means "goodbye" in Swahili.[3]
    • Kwaheri's friend, Jambo, has a name that means "hello." More specifically, "hujambo" means "hello."[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Barkan, Joanne. Nala's Dare (1994). ISBN: 0717284719.
  2. 2.0 2.1 McGuire, Leslie. How True, Zazu? (1994). ISBN: 0717283496.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Online Swahili - English Dictionary. African Languages. Retrieved on September 15, 2020.