Together, we bravest really can do anything.

–Mtoto's Mom to Bunga, The Ukumbusho Tradition

Mtoto's mom is a female elephant. She is the mother of Mtoto, and a member of Ma Tembo's herd.


Mtoto's Mom is a rather short elephant in comparison to the rest of her herd. Her skin is gray (with a very, very slight tan tint) with light gray toes. Her white tusks are short and her eyes are dark brown. Her inner ears are pink, with a small notch in her right. She has three dark gray spots on her back - one big, two small.


Whilst caring, Mtoto's Mom displays sternness when necessary, such as when her son does not return on time. She is also easily moved to irritation, as seen when Bunga constantly forgot his lines during a rehearsal for the Ukumbusho. When panicked, she is capable of going on a rampage and losing track of her own whereabouts. But she is also willing to listen and be calmed, taking advice from others when necessary. She is appreciative of those who help her.


The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar

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Arriving with Bunga

Mtoto's Mom carries Bunga over a hill during Zuka Zama, and allows him to slide off her trunk. A bit later, she and Zito use their trunks as skipping ropes for him to bounce over.

The Rise of Makuu

Mtoto's Mom watches the Mashindano between Pua and Makuu.

Can't Wait to be Queen

Mtoto's Mom attends Aminifu's funeral, dropping a flower off at his body. When King Simba begins his speech, she hears his mistake. Although she is at first shocked, she soon starts to laugh with the rest of her herd, seeing the bright side of his joke.

The Kupatana Celebration

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Singing at the event

Mtoto's Mom is chosen to sing Our Kupatana Community for Kupatana. She rehearses her lines along with Basi, Twiga, Mbuni and Muhanga, with Zazu conducting.

She is also present when the jackals steal the Pride Landers' food.

Later, she and the other chosen animals perform at the celebration, before joining the rest of the animals gathered at Mizimu Grove. But during the celebration, Reirei's Pack attacks, frightening her. With King Simba urging everyone to stand together, she and the other animals successfully drive the jackals away.

Fuli's New Family

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"My way!"

Mtoto's Mom can be seen with her son, as well as several other elephants from her herd during My Own Way. Fuli dashes past them and comes to an abrupt halt, facing them as she sings. She and her son sing in tune with Fuli, before she continues.

Follow That Hippo!

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Hyena alert!

When her son Mtoto and his friends are playing nearby, they pretend to be hyenas. Overhearing the warning of a hyena in the area, Mtoto's Mom and several other animals become frightened, and huddle up together until the Lion Guard calm everyone down.

Later, she is seen at the Watering Hole when Beshte returns her son.

The Call of the Drongo

Mtoto's Mom can be seen briefly with another elephant at the watering hole.

Bunga and the King

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The singers

Mtoto's Mom performs at the The Elephants' Concert for the Royal Family. She goes on to enjoy their rendition of Hakuna Matata.

The Imaginary Okapi

When Beshte gives Ajabu a tour of the Pride Lands, Mtoto's Mom is seen in a few different locations on the tour.


Baby Baboon enjoys being rocked in Mtoto's Mom's trunk for a while as Fuli tries to keep him under control. Mtoto's Mom is a little shocked to see Fuli race past her.

The Trail to Udugu

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Mtoto's Mom chases Simba

When Bunga explains how great it will be to work with King Simba, he fantasizes Simba riding on Mtoto's Mom through a herd of zebras, giving him a jacuzzi bath and then playfully chasing after him before bumping into a tree.

When Simba and his family gaze out over the Pride Lands a bit later, Mtoto's Mom can be found grazing in the savannah.

Ono's Idol

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Cheering for Hadithi

Mtoto's Mom listens to Hadithi's advice. Later, she turns up for his Royal Mud Print Ceremony, cheering for Hadithi upon his arrival. She returns that night for Ono's mudprint ceremony as well.

The Savannah Summit

Mtoto hears his mother calling for him via infrasound, and she asks for him to be home by sundown. After Makuu deems the plan worthy of a crocodile, Mtoto hears his mother calling for him again. After bidding goodbye to the Guard, Mtoto rushes off.

The Traveling Baboon Show

Mtoto's Mom watches The Traveling Baboon Show perform.

The Lion Guard: The Rise of Scar

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Big Baboon speaks to Ma Tembo

When Janja's Clan attack Ma Tembo's Herd, Mtoto's Mom is seen desperately trying to run away from the hyenas. After the Lion Guard arrive, they quickly stop the hyenas from attacking the elephants.

But the hyenas soon return, this time attacking the baboons that have begun to follow the elephants. Kion and Ono lead them to a dead end, where Kion can perform the Roar of the Elders on the hyenas, sending them back to the Outlands for good. Big Baboon leaps onto the head of Mtoto's Mom to speak with her leader.

Later, Mtoto's Mom walks around Ma Tembo, hoping that she will find water soon. Once Makini manages to calm everyone down using shwari, she is able to do so, allowing Mtoto's Mom to drink.

The Ukumbusho Tradition

Ma Tembo's Herd are in charge of the Ukumbusho celebration, and Mtoto's Mom is chosen as the bravest for the show. When the Lion Guard arrive at Mizimu Grove, Mtoto races over to inform his hero that he will be playing the strongest elephant, while his mother takes the role of bravest.

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However, when things go wrong, Mtoto's Mom voices her concerns over not rehearsing her line with Bunga, a piece which Ma Tembo considers to be the centerpiece of the show. The honey badger soon begins to rehearse with her, though constantly forgets her line, which annoys her. But when King Simba arrives, she has no choice but to go on with the performance. Worried about her lack of sunburst, Makini quickly hops onto her back and paints it for her, and the show begins.

However, after the Lion Guard sing May There Be Peace and after Kion has begun his lines as Askari, a swarm of bees arrive, frightening the elephants away.

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Mtoto's Mom is calmed

Eventually, Mtoto's Mom leaves the rest of the herd, and rampages on Mapango Cliffs. After finding her, Bunga bounds up the cliff, and leaps onto the rampaging elephant's head. He eats the bees, which causes her to become aware of her surroundings. As she panics, Bunga soothingly reminds her of her lines, and that they're the bravest. This calms her, and they head back, narrowly avoiding the cliff falling down.

They return to the grove, where Ma Tembo is persuaded to start a new version of the show, where paint is not used. After reminding everyone that her paint is still on her forehead, Mtoto's Mom has her paint sprayed away by her son. She then reminds Bunga not to use her lines, but he makes no promises. They enter the show, which has started fresh.

The Bite of Kenge

Mtoto's Mom is seen briefly during Big Bad Kenge.

Timon and Pumbaa's Christmas

When Bunga wants to give his uncles the best Christmas ever, Mtoto's Mom agrees to join in with the celebrations. After rehearsing all night, they are about to give up until Bunga reveals to them how important it is to him, and why.

They return and perform The Twelve Ways of Christmas with the other animals.

The Scorpion's Sting

Mtoto's Mom attends the Kumbuka celebration for King Simba with her herd, singing along with Rafiki to Good King Simba.

The Wisdom of Kongwe

Mtoto's Mom is briefly seen as Fuli sings The Faster I Go.

The Kilio Valley Fire

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When their home got destroyed by a fire by Scar's minions Kion must find a new place for them to live. As Kion's options don't work out she follows Ma Tembo as they start to leave the Pride Lands. But before they can go she and her herd are approached by Kion asking for their help Ma Tembo agrees to help while she stays behind to watch over the young ones.

Pride Landers Unite!

Zito and his herd helps the Lion Guard protect the Pride Lands from the Outlanders. They attack Scar's Army when they try to take over Makuu's Watering Hole.




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Kion's Family
SimbaNalaNala's FatherKiaraMufasaSarabiScar
Other Animals
AjabuAngaAskariAzaadBasiBadiliBig BaboonBobokaBupuChamaChuluunChuraDhahabuFikiriFurahaGenetGumbaHafifuHadithiHamuHayaHodariJasiriJohariJuhudiKambuniKifaruKinyongaKitendoKongweKovuKuchimbaKulindaKuluKwatoLainiMadoaMajinuniMakiniMakuuMa TemboMbeyaMbuniMekundu BatsMjombaMuhangaMuhangusMuhimuMtotoMwenziMweviMwiziMzahaNyuniOgopaOnaPorcupine BrothersPuaPumbaaRafikiRahaRaniSable Antelope #1ShaukuShingoShujaaStareheSokweSwalaTamaaThe Bellow FellowsThurstonTiifuTimonTumbiliTunuTwigaUrohoVuruga VurugaWemaYoung RhinoYukiZazuZigoZitoZuri
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