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Zazu's Off-by-One Day
Zazu's Off-by-One Day
Attribution information

Tony Craig
Bobs Gannaway


Kevin Campbell

Production information

The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa


2 (syndicated)



Air date

September 23, 1996

Episode guide

"Wide Awake in Wonderland"



Need I remind you that I come from a long line of jungle administrators and none... none... have ever been off by one.

"Zazu's Off-by-One Day" is the second segment of the sixth episode of Season 2 of The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa. It is the fourth episode of Season 2 to air on the syndicated Disney Afternoon block. It aired on September 23, 1996, along with "Wide Awake in Wonderland".

Official synopsis

"Zazu gets fired when he makes a simple mistake."[1]

Plot summary

When Zazu comes home, he finds a big mess in the house. Gopher, Zazu's mole assistant, tells the hornbill that he was reorganizing, but Zazu forces him to unreorganize because the inspector is going to visit the next day. Gopher shows Zazu that the schedule has not been changed and therefore, the inspector is coming the current day, which makes the two panic.

The inspector tells Zazu that his official tally of the animal population is off-by-one

Zazu swiftly cleans up his house and hides the mess to another part of his tree. But he soon realizes that the place he hid the mess is where the inspector is. When Zazu opens the door, causing the mess to get back in, the hornbill finds the inspector in his trash can.

The inspector tells Zazu that he's not concerned about the mess, he's concerned about his list of animals being incomplete, stating that there is one animal he forgot to include. He therefore fires Zazu from his job and has Gopher take the hornbill's place. After getting thrown out of his tree, Zazu goes on a quest to find which animal he forgot to count.

Rafiki helps Zazu find the one animal he forgot to count

After recounting the animal population, Zazu falls asleep and has a nightmarish vision that he is surrounded by 1's. After Zazu wakes up, he runs into Rafiki. When he asks Rafiki if he knows which animal he forgot to count, the baboon shows him his reflection, making him realize that he forgot to include himself on the list. Zazu therefore flies back to his tree to get his job back.

Zazu shows the inspector his now-complete list of animals

While Zazu is on the way to his home, he finds some animals being incorrectly placed: elephants on trees, giraffes in holes, and fish in the sky. He sees that Gopher is responsible for the problem. While the inspector scolds Gopher for his job, Zazu returns and shows the inspector his now-complete list of animals. The inspector then begs Zazu to return to his job, stating that he never should have fired him in the first place and the hornbill agrees.

However, it is shown that Zazu and Gophers jobs are switched (although they are back to their original positions by the episode "Zazu's Off Day Off").

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Organizations and Titles




  1. Watch Timon & Pumbaa Full Episodes. Disney+. Accessed 12 November 2019.
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