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Published October 18, 2011 08:42 AM

ARKive Celebrates The Lion King

One of our all time favourites, The Lion King, has just been re-released into the cinemas. Here at ARKive, we saw this as the perfect opportunity to highlight some of the amazing species featured in the film.


The main storyline follows Simba, who we first see as a young cub and then follow his story as he grows up into a majestic adult lion. Simba eventually becomes king of his pride, but has to defeat his evil uncle Scar in the process. In the wild, male lions often have to compete in fierce and sometimes fatal battles in order to win over tenure of a pride.

The trio of spotted hyaenas, Shenzi, Banzai and Ed, all follow orders from Scar. In the film they have a crazed laughter, which isn’t far from the truth. In the wild, spotted hyaenas communicate with members of their clan with whoops, yells, and a manic cackle, which sounds like laughter.

The comedy duo of the film, Timon and Pumbaa are an unlikely yet hilarious pair, a meerkat and a warthog. Both species are social animals, with meerkats living in large groups, and warthogs often living in groups of either males or females. The two aren't so likely to hang out in real life, but the duo are are amazingly entertaining to watch!

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