|“||Indeed, for my mother was a tortoise. A child of a tortoise is also a tortoise.||”|
–Kongwe, The Wisdom of Kongwe
African spurred tortoises are among the longest living tortoise species, the third largest after the Galapagos tortoise and the Aldabra giant tortoise. They have furrowed scales on their legs which is where the species gets its name from.
Tortoises are closely related to turtles, though they are terrestrials that prefer to live in open grassland habitats where they can forage on plants. The shells of the adults make it impossible to be predated, but the juveniles are more vulnerable. Tortoises only dig when they have to lay their eggs or to gain moisture when they live in arid regions.
Upon learning about Scar’s return, Simba wishes to seek counsel with the tortoise Kongwe, the oldest and wisest animal in the Pride Lands. Fuli and Makini volunteer to escort her to Pride Rock, and Kongwe manages to share some of her wisdom about observing and not rushing things.