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The Animals of "The Lion King"
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""The Lion King" has an assorted group of animals. Their real-life counterparts can be just as interesting."
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Lions are the kings of the jungle, but mostly they don't live in such places as the tropical rainforests they are said to inhabit. Mufasa rules not a jungle, but which type of habitat where lions are more likely to call their home?
The wise sage, Rafiki, is responsible for the return of Simba. He is a mandrill, characterized by his mane and brilliantly colored face. Mandrills are technically not baboons, and while they share the same family, their genus differs. What is the genus of the mandrill?
The ever enlightened meerkat, Timon, has an interesting philosophy on life. "Hakuna matata", of course. But the majority of meerkats don't hang out with warthogs, but with other meerkats. What are their colonies called (hint- it's the same name as is used for rabbits!)?
And what's a meerkat without his warthog? Pumbaa may not be very attractive, and neither is his real life counterpart. "The Lion King" shows Pumbaa eating all sorts of delicious-looking insects, but what does a warthog normally eat?
fresh meat and eggs
grasses, roots, and berries
One group of animals is a vital part of the storyline, although they don't have any cute names, sing any songs, or even have a single line. The wildebeest, who were scared by hyena agitators, were the source of danger that made Mufasa leap to Simba's aid, and in doing so, to his death. As stated in the movie, what is another name for wildebeest?
Nala, Sarabi, and the other lionesses were forced by Scar to hunt the barren grounds. But do lionesses normally hunt for the pride?
If the counterpart of Zazu, being a male hornbill, were to have a family, it would likely consist of him, a mate, and their chicks. The female would be encased within the nest with the baby birds, but where would the male hornbill be?
abandoning the others to be by themselves
out singing various musical arrangements to numerous audiences
in the nest with the family
out finding food for the family
Hyenas are not as stupid or lazy as they are shown in "The Lion King". They have very complex social structures. It is a widely-accepted fact that lions will more often steal from hyenas than the other way around. Which of these is an interesting fact about spotted hyenas (those shown in the movie)?
young hyenas are actually larger than adult hyenas
hyenas can kill lions easily
female hyenas are dominant (matriarchal society)
hyenas can't actually make noises
Elephant graveyards are real phenomena in which older elephants leave their herd and go to a desolate area when they are close to death.
Buzzards were looking to eat poor Simba. Luckily, bowling for buzzards is a great pastime for Timon and Pumbaa of the "The Lion King". What, pray tell, is a buzzard?
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