|“|| Tickbirds and rhi-i-i-inos
Were always a pair
In the Real World
Rhinos are large animals with noticeably large horns on the front of their snouts.
In The Lion Guard
In The Lion Guard, they are shown to be gray or gray-blue in color, with small eyes and tapered ears like their real-life counterparts. Mbeya had proven for rhinos can climb trees with a lot of struggle.
The rhinoceroses seen in The Lion Guard franchise are both black and white rhinoceroses. Both male and female rhinos have two horns on the skull are made of keratin with the larger front horn typically 50 cm (20 in) long, exceptionally up to 140 cm (55 in).
The longest known rhinoceros horn was nearly 1.5 m (4.9 ft) in length. The black rhino is smaller than the white rhino, and it has a pointed and prehensile upper lip, which it uses to grasp leaves and twigs when eating. The white rhino is larger than the black rhino, and it has a wide lip that is more suitable for grazing.
Their thick-layered skin protects the rhino from thorns and sharp grasses. Their skin hides external parasites, like mites and ticks, which are eaten by tickbirds and egrets that live with the rhino. This was once thought to be an example of mutualism, but recent evidence suggests that tickbirds may also be parasites, feeding on rhino blood. All rhinoceros have poor eyesight, relying more on hearing and smell. Their ears have a wide rotational range to detect sounds. A great sense of smell alerts rhinos to the presence of predators. They lived in the groups called Crash, or Herd, or Stubbornness.
The very last male northern white rhino has died, but scientists have saved some of his sperm for the remaining two females of that subspecies.
The Lion Guard
Mbeya the rhino serves as a minor character in The Lion Guard and appears occasionally.
The Lion Guard rescues Mbeya the rhino from the mud at Lake Matope. During the song Jackal Style, a rhino steps on Dogo's tail. A rhino is later seen chasing after a second jackal pup. At the end of the song, rhinos are seen among the other Pride Landers surrounding the jackals. Rhinos are also present at Kupatana.
Young Rhino listens to a scary story told by Rafiki. He later sleeps with Mtoto and Young Hare, but is frightened by The Zimwi, the legendary creature Rafiki had told them about. He runs back to the Lion Guard and tells them all about it, which sets off an adventure for the Guard.
Young Rhino makes a cry for help in Flood Plains, and soon Basiand Beshte come to rescue him. They find him entangled in some reeds, and discover Makuu and Male Crocodile approaching him. Basi and Beshte manage warn them away, chastising them for not following the Circle of Life. Although annoyed, Makuu leaves and calls for his friend to follow, leaving Young Rhino trapped yet safe. They discover that Young Rhino was too impatient to wait for the new Hippo Lanes, and that he had tried to traverse the plains alone. Basi and Beshte try to untangle him, but a flock of birds startles Young Rhino and he accidentally strikes Basi with his horn. When he is free, he thanks them and leaves, promising to wait for the Hippo Lanes' completion. Later, when the Hippo Lanes are finished, he and his mother are seen crossing the Flood Plains together, along with many other animals.
Bunga watches the young rhino and teaches him how to Teke Ruka Teleza.
When Tsetse Flies invade the Pride Lands, they eventually make their way over to Mbeya. When the Lion Guard find him, they see that he is completely overturned in a small ditch. After Beshte helps him get out, Mbeya explains how he was rolling around to get rid of the flies, but accidentally rolled into the stream bed by mistake. The Lion Guard offer to escort him to a watering hole, but notice Thurston's Herd waiting nearby. When the flies disappear, Ono comes to the conclusion that it's the zebra stripes that they don't like. The Lion Guard escort both the herd and Mbeya to a new watering hole, their journey uninterrupted by the flies.
When Bunga wants to give his uncles the best Christmas ever, Mbeya 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.
Mbeya's crash helps protect the Pride Lands from the Outlanders when they attack Makuu's Watering Hole.
The Pride Lands' Rhinoceroses are in said battle. When the Lion Guard is leaving the Pride Lands to find the Tree of Life, Mbeya's Crash can been seen saying goodbye to them.
Rhinoceroses appear during the song The Tree of Life.
The Rhinoceroses are seen welcoming Lion Guard home from the Tree of Life. They are next seen attending the contest of Kion's Guard and Vitani's Lion Guard. They are attending Kion's coronation as King of the Tree of Life.