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Ahadi, Rafiki, Zazu

Well, have to fly. So much to do, so little time.

Zuzu is a female hornbill. She is the first majordomo of the Pride Lands. She is the mother of Zazu.

Zuzu earned a reputation for learning about various problems in the Pride Lands before they came to the monarchy's attention. At one point, she warned Ahadi that his sons were in danger, and he was just in time to save his son, Taka, from being killed by a cape buffalo. After the incident, Ahadi appointed Zuzu's family to serve as majordomos to all the future Lion Kings.


Early life

My family and I take our morning exercise flights all around the Pride Lands. We see everything from Pride Rock to the blue hills.

Zuzu lived in the Pride Lands. She had a son named Zazu. Along with her family, Zuzu liked to take morning exercise flights around the Pride Lands, during which she learned about various problems before they reached the monarchy's notice.[1]

Becoming Ahadi's majordomo

Ahadi: Would you take the job, Zuzu?
Zuzu: Yes, Your Majesty.
Ahadi: So be it! From this day forward, you and your family shall be stewards to the kings of the Pride Lands.
—Ahadi and Zuzu[src]

When a wanderer named Rafiki entered the Pride Lands, Zuzu noted his exhausted appearance and suggested that he go to Five Stones.

Later, when Ahadi faced a crowd of disgruntled Pride Landers, Zuzu informed him that the hyenas were becoming a real problem.

After Ahadi's meeting, Rafiki learned that Mufasa and Taka were in danger and sent Zuzu to warn Ahadi. She did so, and Ahadi was able to save Taka from being killed by a cape buffalo. After the incident, Rafiki advised Ahadi to appoint an "eyes and ears" of the Pride Lands and suggested that he pick Zuzu for the position. Ahadi took Rafiki's advice and appointed Zuzu's family to serve all the future Lion Kings as majordomos.[1]


Zuzu retired and passed on the title of majordomo to her son, Zazu.[2]

Physical appearance

Zuzu is a small and daintily built hornbill. She has purple feathers, a white chest, a red beak, and black eyes.[1]

Personality and traits

Zuzu: That's right. They're attacking everything that moves, the monkeys, the oxpeckers, the springboks, the gazelles, the-
Ahadi: Asante sana. Thank you, Zuzu.
—Ahadi and Zuzu on the hyenas[src]

Flirtatious and sociable, Zuzu never passes up the chance for some juicy gossip. Her talkative nature and nosy habits sometimes make her an annoyance to her fellow Pride Landers. However, Ahadi put her busybody nature to good use by listening to her reports on the Pride Lands in order to better understand the kingdom's imminent problems. Zuzu is quite brave and loyal, as she was willing to help Rafiki even though she did not fully understand the danger that Mufasa was in.[1]



  • Zuzu's name means "imbecile, fool, simpleton, idiot" or "ignorant, inexperienced, oblivious" in Swahili.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Simmons, Alex. A Tale of Two Brothers (1994). ISBN: 0717283488.
  2. McGuire, Leslie. How True, Zazu? (1994). ISBN: 0717283496.
  3. Online Swahili - English Dictionary. African Languages. Retrieved on October 8, 2020.
  4. Korman, Justine. Friends In Need (June 1, 1994). ISBN: 0307628485.