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Brown, cream, and tan

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Pride Lands


   Pride Landers
   Simba's pride

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We're going to save you, dumbhead!
―Tama to Simba[src]

Tama is a female lion cub.

When Simba's frequent antics begin to irritate Nala, she chooses to spend time with Tama instead. Together, the two cubs explore the Hidden Valley. However, Simba follows them inside and gets attacked by snakes, which prompts Nala and Tama to save him. Zazu arrives in time to lead the cubs to safety.


Trouble in Paradise

Tama is Nala's friend and becomes her preferred playmate when Simba's antics become too annoying. Nala chooses to explore the Hidden Valley with Tama rather than play with Simba, causing Simba to jealously follow after them.

Tama welcomes a butterfly in the Hidden Valley

Both cubs agree that the trip is much more fun without Simba, unaware that he has followed them, and enjoy themselves until they hear Simba's cries for help. They run to his aid, but quickly head for a tree upon seeing multiple snakes surrounding Simba. The two form a plan to assist Simba by bending a branch down to where he can reach it.

The plan succeeds until the snakes start climbing up after them. With the help of Zazu, the cubs make their way up a waterfall and escape. Simba claims that he'd known the place was dangerous from the start, something that annoys both Nala and Tama.

Personality and traits

Tama is calm and able to appreciate life, as she's seen welcoming a butterfly that lands on her nose. She is irritable, however, and doesn't like Simba because she finds his antics to be annoying. Tama doesn't seem to hold a grudge, as even though Simba annoys her, she helps him evade a group of antagonistic snakes.


  • Tama's gender is confirmed in the original comic, as "mädels" is German for "girls."[1]
  • Tama's name means "conclusion, end, wrapping up" or "cheek" or "truthfully, truly, really, honestly, frankly" in Swahili.[2]



  1. Mädel. dict.cc. Retrieved on October 6, 2020.
  2. Online Swahili - English Dictionary. African Languages. Retrieved on October 6, 2020.
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