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Biographical information



Pride Lands


   Pride Landers
   Pua's float (formerly)


Leader of Pua's float (formerly)

Relationship information

Basi, Bunga, Kion, Simba, Zazu, Makuu (formerly)



There are times when you have to accept that you've been beaten. Even though you might not like it, Makuu has most certainly won.
―Pua to Kion[src]

Pua is a male crocodile.

When Pua refused to hunt in Big Springs for fear of upsetting the Circle of Life, Makuu challenged him to a mashindano. Pua accepted but was promptly defeated by the much younger and stronger Makuu. After the fight, Kion begged Pua to return and challenge Makuu to another mashindano, but Pua asserted that Makuu was the stronger crocodile and that Kion should back down if he was not willing to fight Makuu himself.


Early life

Pua lived in the Pride Lands. At some point in his life, he became the leader of a float of crocodiles.[1]

Conflict with Kion and Bunga

Simba is a good and fair king. I would not want to anger him by eating his son or his royal adviser. Especially one who displays the bravery of a crocodile. You three are all free to go.
―Pua lets Kion, Bunga, and Zazu go[src]

Pua spares Kion, Bunga, and Zazu.

As youngsters, Kion and his friend, Bunga, accidentally wandered into the territory of Pua's float. Although Pua initially acted with hostility toward the pair, Zazu informed him that Kion was the son of Simba. Not wanting to upset the king, Pua allowed Kion, Bunga, and Zazu to leave his territory unharmed.[1]

Mashindano and defeat

I accept your challenge, Makuu. In accordance to tradition, the mashindano will take place near Lake Matope at sunset.

Makuu defeats Pua in a mashindano.

When Pua took his float to Big Springs, he asked Basi if it was all right for the crocodiles to eat the fish. Basi politely declined, explaining that there were still not enough fish to feed the float, and Pua respectfully left. A young crocodile named Makuu, however, challenged him to a mashindano, as he thought the float had a right to the fish in Big Springs.

Kion was disturbed by this turn of events and asked his father about Makuu's challenge. Simba explained that he must recognize and respect the traditions of other species, even if he did not agree with them.

Pua advises Kion to not stand up to Makuu.

Later, the animals of the Pride Lands gathered to witness the mashindano. Makuu managed to pull a victory over the aged Pua, to Kion's dismay. Simba came forward, recognized Makuu's leadership, and thanked Pua for his service. Makuu then led his float into the lake, while Kion looked after him worriedly and wondered if the Pride Lands was in danger.

When Makuu began to wreck havoc on the Pride Lands, Kion went to Pua and begged him to call for another mashindano. However, Pua reminded Kion that Makuu was much stronger than him. He then advised Kion to back down if he was not willing to fight Makuu.[2]


Simba: Crocodiles have always been invited to the Savannah Summit.
Kion: Maybe that worked with Pua, the old crocodile leader. But Makuu? He's got more enemies than friends.
—Kion and Simba[src]

Kion expressed worry that the other Pride Lander leaders would not get along with Makuu at the Savannah Summit as they might have with Pua.[3]

Physical appearance

Pua is a large crocodile. He has dark green scales, with a pale underbelly and dark stripes on his tail. He has dark eye rims, thin black eyebrows, and black eyes with yellow sclerae.[2]

Personality and traits

Your confidence is admirable, Makuu. Your oversized ego is not.
―Pua, before his mashindano with Makuu[src]

Pua is a wise, patient, and temperate leader. He holds deep respect for the Circle of Life, to the point that he will not eat the fish at Big Springs without the say so of the hippopotamuses. Unlike Makuu, who is quite aggressive and authoritative, Pua will back down in the face of a physical challenge. Even so, he has acknowledged that Makuu is young and will learn with experience.[2]



  • Pua's name means "nose" in Swahili.[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Revealed in "The Morning Report" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 13, Season 2. Written by Jack Monaco and directed by Tom Derosier. Originally aired January 8, 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Revealed in "The Rise of Makuu" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 2, Season 1. Written by Ford Riley and directed by Howy Parkins. Originally aired January 15, 2016.
  3. Revealed in "The Savannah Summit" from Disney Junior's The Lion Guard. No. 2, Season 2. Written by Jack Monaco and directed by Tom Derosier and Howy Parkins. Originally aired July 7, 2017.
  4. Gerald C. Rivers. IMDb., Inc. Retrieved on September 26, 2020.
  5. Online Swahili - English Dictionary. African Languages. Retrieved on September 26, 2020.