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The Outlands (also known as the Shadowland) are a barren wasteland where the exiled lions of the Pride Lands live. Most of its inhabitants are lions who were banished by Simba for remaining loyal to Scar.

Physical Features

The design of the Outlands was meant to mirror that of an actual Badlands, and it shows. The Outlands are heavily eroded with few trees and plants, little water, and few creatures living there. There are peculiar, stunted trees that dot the landscape, as shown when Vitani is attempting to bite off a branch, as well as scattered boulders. The threshold of the Outlands seems vaguely better, with an actual water source (albeit infested with crocodiles), a noticeably purple sky, and some trees and plants.

The most noticeable features of the Outlands are the sky and the massive termite mound the Outsiders sleep in. The sky is limitless and by day it's a bold amber color. As the sun sets, noticeable shades of red tint the sky. The termite mound itself is distorted and internally vast (despite seeming superficially like mountains), with many pathways, knolls, and places for somewhat uncomfortable sleeping. As shown in "My Lullaby", it seems that, through various holes that the termites have burrowed into, all kinds of color from the sky and sun will pop through, and a lioness can actually burrow her way to the top, as shown when Zira knocks over a few rocks to stand at the top of her termite mound.

Nothing more is told about the Pride Lands after Zira reviews Kovu's progress, almost directly after "My Lullaby". It is implied that, over the course of the film, Zira and her family and pride still live there, but by the end of the film, the Outlands are completely abandoned, and it is assumed that they never become healthy or green again.


The Outlands lie beyond the Pride Lands and beyond the Elephant Graveyard. Kiara visits the Outlands as a cub while she is exploring outside of Simba's established path, but she is eventually caught by her father. At the end of the film, the Outsiders return to the Pride Lands, realizing how pointless it is to continue fighting, and possibly leave the Outlands vacant.


The Lion King II: Simba's Pride

The Outlands are first mentioned by Simba, who warns his daughter that the Outsiders and their land are dangerous. Ignoring her father's orders to stay away from the Outlands, Kiara ventures into the Outlands herself and encounters Kovu, an Outsider cub. The two end up playing together, barely escaping a horde of crocodiles, though Kiara is later apprehended by her father, who roars her away from Kovu and his mother Zira.

Trying to appeal to Simba's soft side, Zira complains about the Outlands, mentioning its lack of food and water, but resolved to keep the Outsiders away from Pride Rock, Simba orders her away, and she carries Kovu with her back to their homeland.

Once there, Zira yells at Kovu for trying to befriend a Pridelander cub, exposing the fierce tension between the malnourished Outsiders and their much healthier enemies. While chiding Kovu, Zira comes up with a plan to kill Simba, and she and her pride sing "My Lullaby," promising the rise of Kovu as their king instead of Simba.

Years later, Kovu has grown into a young adult, and Zira prepares him for his mission to kill Simba in one of the caves in the Outlands. When Kovu proves that he is ready to avenge Scar's death, the Outsiders roar their approval, and Kovu and Zira move out to fulfill the plan.

At the end of the film, the Outsiders (aside from Zira) join Simba's side, leaving the dark days of the Outlands behind them.

Friends for Life

Since Scar's death, the hyenas have been living in the Outlands, called the "Shadowland" by the exiled hyenas. One particular hyena named Asante befriends Kopa, the son of Simba, and invites him to explore the Shadowland with her. While there, the two run into a fierce storm, which traps Kopa in a raging river. With the help of her friend Kroko, Asante frees Kopa, and the two return to the Pride Lands, where Kopa insists on introducing Asante to his parents. Thus, for the first time, an exiled hyena from the Shadowland is allowed to venture into the Pride Lands.

Fight for the Throne

Despite Asante's friendship with Kopa, the hyenas still live in the Shadowland, and a particularly bitter hyena named Fisi schemes to place Kesho, a weak-willed cheetah, on the throne of the Pride Lands in Simba's place.

The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar

The Outlands is a location that features in The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar (which takes place during the first act of Simba's Pride). It has been revealed that a pack of hyenas live there.

When Bunga and Kion lose their baobab fruit, Bunga insists on straying into the Outlands to retrieve it, despite Kion's warnings that his father has forbidden him to go there. When Bunga at last retrieves the fruit, he is captured by two hyenas named Cheezi and Chungu (who plan to feed him to their leader Janja) until Kion's roar gives him the opportunity to escape.

The Outlands later appear when Mzingo the vulture goes there to tell Janja about Kion putting together a Lion Guard to protect The Pride Lands. Upon hearing this news, Janja tells his clan that they will attack The Pride Lands that night.

The Lion Guard

In the episode "Never Judge a Hyena by its Spots", Kion gets stuck in the Outlands and meets and befriends a female hyena named Jasiri, who unlike Janja's clan, is good natured.

In the episode "Can't Wait to be Queen", Kiara (when temporary serving as Queen of the Pride Lands), came to the Outlands to supposedly form a peace treaty with Janja. However, this was a trick and Janja along his clan ambushed her, planning to hold her hostage until Simba handed over the Pride Lands to him. Luckily, Kion arrived with The Lion Guard just in time to save his sister.

In the episode "The Kupatana Celebration", it is shown that besides hyenas and vultures living in the Outlands, a family of jackals led by Reirei briefly left the Outlands and entered the Pride Lands during Kupatana and tried to attack the animals there, before being forced to return there by Kion, The Lion Guard and Simba.

In the episode "Too Many Termites", Kion mistakes a pack of aardwolves for hyenas and uses the Roar of the Elders on them to send them into the Outlands. When there, they met Reirei and Goigoi who trick them into thinking that they're friendly only to later try and eat them, but are stopped in time by The Lion Guard who bring the aardwolves back to the Pride Lands.


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The Lion King: Simba | Nala | Mufasa | Scar | Rafiki | Timon | Pumbaa | Zazu | Shenzi, Banzai and Ed | Sarabi | Sarafina | The Pridelanders | Hyena Clan | Wildebeests | Cape Buffalo | Gopher
The Lion King II: Simba's Pride: Kiara | Kovu | Zira | Vitani | Nuka | Outsiders | Crocodiles
The Lion King 1½: Ma | Uncle Max | Iron Joe | Meerkat Colony
Timon and Pumbaa: The Native Chief | The Three Natives | Monty | Baampu | Nobi | Fred | Quint | The Woodpecker | Bruce | Stinky | Ralph and Eddie | Teds | Savage Lion | Bartholomew | The Tarsier | Toucan Dan | Vulture Police | Ned | Rabbit | Uncle Boaris | Uncle Ernie | Boss Beaver | Boy Beaver | Lester the Whale | The Tigress | Jackal | The Cobra | Speedy the Snail | Smolder the Bear | Little Jimmy | Irwin | El Toro | Mr. Pig | Wolverine | Jumbo Jumbo the Elephant | Cheetato and Cheetata | Martin Pardon | Rita Book | Chef Claude | Captain Bloodbeard | Cisco Pig | Cisco Pig's Gang | Dr. Caliostro | Torgo | The Meerkat Angel | Pumbaa Jr. | Nefu | Dr. Happy | Leslie Lambeau | Mr. Buttons | Sharla | Herman | Lara | Mel | Claudius | Bahuka | Tutan Pharaoh | Genie | Madame Credenza | Duke Meerkat | Tatiana | Mother Eagle | Baby Earl | King Leopold | Princess Claudia | Sigmund and Lloyd | Heinrich and Schnitzel | Mad Dog McGraw, Billy the Goat, and Three-fingered Jackelope | Dr. Exceter | Sal Manders | Jungle Inspector | Pimon and Tumbaa
The Lion Guard: Kion | Bunga | Fuli | Beshte | Ono | Tiifu | Zuri | Janja | Mzingo | Cheezi | Chungu | Janja's Clan | Makuu | Pua | Basi | Ushari | Jasiri | Ma Tembo | Reirei | Goigoi | Dogo | Dogo's Brothers | Twiga | Tamaa | Swala | Muhimu | Ajabu | Makucha | Mjomba | Ogpoa | Haya | Badili | Mapigano | Gumba | Nne | Tano | Vuruga Vuruga
Printed Media: Uru | Ahadi | Kopa | Pimbi | Boma | Kula | Zuzu | Joka | Lulu
Deleted: Diku | Baasho | Iggy | Herr Rhino | Kwashi | Bhati | Mheetu | Banagi | Daabi | Dwala | Naanda | Binti | Lemuta | Timon's Father | Buzz | Tesma | Nala's Father


Timon & Pumbaa
Season One: "Boara Boara" | "Saskatchewan Catch" | "Kenya Be My Friend?" | "Good Mousekeeping" | "Brazil Nuts" | "South Sea Sick/The Lion Sleeps Tonight" | "Never Everglades" | "Cooked Goose" | "Yukon Con" | "Doubt of Africa" | "How to Beat the High Costa Rica" | "Swiss Missed" | "Russia Hour" | "You Ghana Join the Club" | "Uganda Be an Elephant" | "To Kilimanjaro Bird" | "Rocky Mountain Lie" | "Amazon Quiver" | "French Fried" | "Big Top Breakfast" | "Madagascar About You" | "Truth or Zaire/Yummy, Yummy, Yummy" | "Mojave Desserted" | "Beauty and the Wildebeest" | "Don't Break the China" | "Can't Take a Yolk" | "Stand by Me" | "The Pain in Spain" | "Frantic Atlantic" | "Unlucky in Lesotho" | "Rafiki's Apprentice" | "Tanzania Zany" | "Guatemala Malarkey" | "Mombasa-In-Law" | "TV Dinner" | "Back Out in the Outback" | "Gabon with the Wind" | "Timon's Time Togo" | "The Law of the Jungle" | "Manhattan Mishap" | "Paraguay Parable" | "Be More Pacific" | "Going Uruguay" | "Let's Serengeti Out of Here" | "Congo on Like This" | "Okay Bayou?" | "Shake Your Djibouti" | "Yosemite Remedy" | "The Sky is Calling" | "Mozam-Beaked" | "Ocean Commotion"
Season Two: "Palm Beached" | "Oregon Astray" | "New Guinea Pig" | "Isle of Manhood" | "Puttin' on the Brits" | "Klondike Con" | "Isle Find Out" | "Beetle Romania" | "Rumble in the Jungle" | "Wide Awake in Wonderland" | "Zazu's Off-by-One Day" | "Animal Barn" | "Roach Hotel" | "Africa-Dabra!" | "Shopping Mauled" | "Library Brouhaha" | "Catch Me if You Kenya" | "Scent of the South" | "Monster Massachusetts" | "Handle with Caribbean" | "Forbidden Pumbaa" | "Washington Applesauce" | "Alcatraz Mataz" | "Oahu Wahoo" | "I Think I Canada" | "Zazu's Off Day Off" | "Beast of Eden" | "Sense & Senegambia" | "Timon on the Range" | "The Man from J.U.N.G.L.E." | "Maine-Iacs" | "Fiji-Fi-Fo-Fum" | "Rome Alone" | "Amusement Bark" | "Once Upon a Timon" | "Home is Where the Hog Is" | "Beethoven's Whiff" | "Bumble in the Jungle" | "Mind Over Matterhorn"
Season Three: "Whiff" | "To Be Bee or Not to Be Bee" | "Luck Be a Meerkat" | "Just When You Thought You'd Cuisine it All" | "Lemonade Stand Off" | "Big Jungle Game" | "Boo Hoo Bouquet" | "So Sumo Me" | "Now Museum, Now You Don't" | "Visiting Pig-nitaries" | "The Truth About Kats and Hogs" | "Escape from Newark" | "Truth Be Told" | "Circus Jerks" | "Nest Best Thing" | "Super Hog-O" | "Don't Have the Vegas Idea" | "Hot Enough for Ya?" | "Werehog of London" | "Bigfoot, Littlebrain" | "Astro-Nots" | "Robin Hoodwinked" | "Seregenti Western" | "All Pets are Off" | "Two for the Zoo" | "The Swine in the Stone" | "You May Have Already Won Six Million Bakra" | "My Meteor, My Friend" | "Jungle Slickers" | "Don't Wake the Neighbear" | "Recipe for Disaster" | "Going Over-Boar'd" | "Ivy Beleaguered" | "Broadway Bound & Gagged" | "Steel Hog" | "Dealer's Choice Cut" | "Space Ham" | "You Bet Your Tukhus" | "No-Good Samaritan" | "Living in De Nile" | "One Tough Bug" | "Pirates of Pumbzance" | "Miss Perfect" | "Hakuna Matata U." | "Pig-Malion" | "Why No Rhino" | "War Hogs" | "The Big No Sleep" | "Common Scents" | "Mister Twister" | "Don't Be Elfish" | "Lights, Camera, Traction" | "The Running of the Bullies" | "Special Defects" | "Wishy Washy" | "Ice Escapades" | "Guru-Some" | "Jailhouse Shock" | "Nearly Departed" | "Early Bird Watchers" | "The Spy's the Limit" | "Ready, Aim, Fire" | "Timoncchio" | "Ghost Boosters" | "Stay Away from my Honey!" | "Sitting Pretty Awful" | "He's a Bad, Bad, Bad Sport" | "Dapper Duck Burgers" | "It Runs Good" | "Hot Air Buffoons" | "Timon in Love" | "Kahuna Potato" | "Mook Island" | "Cliphangers"

The Lion Guard
Season One: "Never Judge a Hyena by its Spots" | "The Rise of Makuu" | "Bunga the Wise" | "Can't Wait to be Queen" | "Eye of the Beholder" | "The Kupatana Celebration" | "Fuli's New Family" | "The Search for Utamu" | "Follow That Hippo!" | "Call of the Drongo" | "Paintings and Predictions" | "The Mbali Fields Migration" | "Bunga and the King" | "The Imaginary Okapi" | "Too Many Termites" | "The Trouble With Galagos" | "Janja's New Crew" | "Baboons!" | "Beware the Zimwi" | "Lions of the Outlands" | "Never Roar Again"


The Lion King Trilogy: Africa | The Zuberi River | Mount Kilimanjaro | Pride Rock | The Pride Lands | The Desert | The Water Hole | The Elephant Graveyard | The Gorge | Jungle | The Great River | Rafiki's Ancient Tree | The Outlands
Timon and Pumbaa: Zazu's Tree | Madame Credenza's Place | Savage Rock | Boss Beaver's Log Land


The Lion King: Circle of Life | The Morning Report | I Just Can't Wait to Be King | Be Prepared | Hakuna Matata | Can You Feel the Love Tonight | Hawaiian War Chant
Instrumental Scores: This Land | Hyenas | ...To Die For | Under the Stars | King of Pride Rock | Didn't Your Mother Tell You Not to Play with Your Food | We are All Connected | Hyenas in the Pride Lands | Elephant Graveyard | I Was Just Trying to Be Brave | Stampede | Mufasa Dies | If You Ever Come Back We'll Kill You | Bowling for Buzzards | We Gotta Bone to Pick With You | Kings of the Past | Nala, is It Really You? | Remember Who You Are | This is My Home | The Rightful King
Rhthym of the Pride Lands: Kube | Lea Halalela | It's Time | Lala | Busa | Noyana
The Lion King II: Simba's Pride: He Lives in You | We Are One | My Lullaby | Upendi | One of Us | Love Will Find a Way
The Lion King 1½: Digga Tunnah | That's All I Need | Sunrise, Sunset | Grazing in the Grass
Musical: Lioness Hunt | Rafiki Mourns | One by One | Grasslands Chant | Chow Down | The Madness of King Scar | Shadowland | Endless Night
The Lion Guard: Call of the Guard | A Beautiful Day (Ni Siku Nzuri) | Zuka Zama | Tonight We Strike | Kion's Lament | Here Comes the Lion Guard | We're the Same (Sisi Ni Sawa) | Don't Make a Stink | Bunga the Wise | Duties of the King | Outta the Way | Jackal Style | My Own Way | Utamu | All Hail The Vultures | Your Hero Inside | Bird of a Thousand Voices | Panic and Run | Trail to Hope | Life in the Pride Lands | We'll Make You a Meal | Find Your Roar | Chungu's Lament | Baboons | Beware of the Zimwi | It is Time
Other: Alone Together | Stand by Me | Yummy, Yummy, Yummy | The Lion Sleeps Tonight
Deleted: To Be King | Warthog Rhapsody | The Lion of the Moon | Old Fearless Buzz | The Madness of King Scar | Be Prepared (reprise)


King of the Jungle | Musical | List of Species seen in The Lion King Franchise | Roar of the Elders

See Also

The Disney Afternoon | Find Out Why | House of Mouse | One by One

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