Lumba-Lumba is a female dolphin who appears in Season 3 of The Lion Guard.
Lumba-Lumba has been described as a friendly and funny dolphin. In spite of this, she also uses her tail to protect herself.
Like all other dolphins in real life, Lumba-Lumba cannot survive land that long and needs water to live. As explained in the song she sings, Lumba-Lumba cannot live underwater all the time and has to reach to the surface to breathe.
Role in the series
Lumba-Lumba first appears when the Lion Guard witnesses Bunga sucked in by a tide where Bunga rides on her as she brings her back to land. When Beshte introduces himself to the pink dolphin, she explains that she has never met a hippopotamus like Beshte before. She then explains by singing of what describes herself as a dolphin in the ocean in which during the musical number, Lumba-Lumba explains that she is not a fish but rather a mammal like Beshte, followed by a group of sea creatures singing the musical number. As the Lion Guard bids a farewell to her to look for the next stone, an elderly civet tells the group to be cautious of Komodo dragons that act hostile anyone in their territory.
When Kion used the Roar of the Elders against Ora and his two followers, the water surrounding Dragon Island is washed away causing a tidal wave; when the tidal wave returns, Kion realizes that his roar caused a big mess around the island and even Lumba-Lumba is stranded. The Lion Guard hears a stranded Lumba-Lumba asking for help to which Fuli explains that the tidal wave returning must have carried her ashore to cause her to be beached on land. The Lion Guard accepts Lumba-Lumba's help to bring her back to the ocean but before trying to, Kion explains himself that the loss of his control of the roar caused a big mess around the island. Fuli tells Anga to lead Ono and Makini to the next stone the Guard talked about while trying to look for extra tuliza.
During a plan to bring Lumba-Lumba back to the water, Bunga gives a plan by dragging her back to the ocean to which she uses her tail as a defensive reflex. She then explains that dragging the dolphin across the sand can severely hurt her. Fuli then explains that the ocean is far away from her in which Lumba-Lumba explains when the tide arrives again, the water will come closer to the stranded dolphin. The Lion Guard then plans to build a trench to bring Lumba-Lumba back to the ocean to which she explains to do this plan quickly as it is very hot around the island. As she is feeling hot because of the sun, Beshte himself provides shade for her while Bunga throws seaweed on her to keep her cool. Beshte then digs a trench as soon as the tide arrives to help bring her back to water.
With the tide arriving and supposed to bring Lumba-Lumba back to sea, the tide instead shows Ora who is shown to have survived Kion's roar. Soon as Ora plans to eat her and the Lion Guard along with two other Komodo dragons, Anga notices Ora and his followers preparing to eat the dolphin in which the Lion Guard fights against them to defend her. When Lumba-Lumba tells Bunga that Kion is in trouble, Lumba-Lumba helps him by flipping the honey badger into the Komodo dragon cornering him as Kion thanks her for saving him. Kion then uses the roar to bring the water back to Lumba-Lumba, controlling his roar and successfully bringing her back to the ocean. Getting to the other side of the island and having foiled the Komodo dragons as the Lion Guard plans to look for the next stone, Lumba-Lumba then bids a farewell to Beshte and the Lion Guard and thanks the Guard for saving her.
- She is the only dolphin in The Lion King franchise.
- She is also among the non-African animals to appear in the franchise.
- Lumba-Lumba is most likely an Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin (Sousa chinensis) due to her pink color and location.
- "Lumba-Lumba" is the Indonesian word for "dolphin".