- “You don't turn your back on family. Unless your back will save them from a falling tree.”
- ―Zito, The Kilio Valley Fire
Zito is an adult male elephant and a member of Ma Tembo's Herd.
Zito is a large, grey, bulky elephant with two large white tusks and a long trunk which is pale grey inside. His face contains wrinkles, and around his jet, black eyes are dark grey. Running along his back are several darker grey spots and he has a small tail with a dark grey tuft. He has four pale grey toes on his feet. His ears are pink, and his left ear contains two notches. Atop his head are three wisps of hair and some additional dark grey spots.
Zito is shown as being stubborn, impatient, ungrateful, and prone to complaining. He appears to take things very literally, as seen when Hadithi uses the quote, The higher you fly, the more they'll look up to you, where Zito points out that elephants can't fly.
Role in the series
In "The Kilio Valley Fire", despite the Lion Guard's best attempts to control the fires spreading in Kilio Valley, Zito remains unappreciative of their efforts, complaining over trivial matters and blaming the Lion Guard for eventually losing Kilio Valley, even though it was not their fault. However, he does seem to appreciate the value of family and has a softer side, as shown when he saves Kion from a falling tree.
In "Return to the Pride Lands" Zito has become part of the Lion Guard competition between Kion's Lion Guard and Vitani's Lion Guard. He and Ma Tembo each stand on a huge boulder for the strongest members (Ma Tembo for Beshte and Zito for Imara) He complains to Ma Tembo about letting her talk him into it before she hushes him. As the competition begins, Imara and Zito initially fall behind, but due to Beshte getting sunburned, they take the lead and win the first round.
Zito seems to have a great relationship with his leader Ma Tembo He helps out a lot the with his herd, and though he seems to get annoyed at some things, he still helps to save the day. Whenever Ma Tembo tells him to do something, he always does it. Zito respects Ma Tembo as a leader.
Zito gathering his former leader has been passed away to gather flowers around him. He also remembers when he have poop on him and it always made him laugh.
In "The Kilio Valley Fire" Zito did get a little annoyed at Kion because of his home being destroyed by the fire. Kion tried to find the elephants a new home but none of the places seemed to be working, which annoyed Zito more. When Ndefu Grove was lit on fire, at first Zito didn't want to help, but when he learned that family is important, he comes to Kion's rescue and saves him from being crushed by a tree.
Zito is good friends with the rest of the members of the Lion Guard. They save him from the hyenas in "The Rise of Scar."
In "The Ukumbusho Tradition" Makini's job was to paint a yellow sunburst on the elephants. However, she runs out of yellow paint. Zito gets very upset at her because she never finished his sunburst. Makini, however, makes more yellow paint by finding some yellow flowers. Unfortunately, the pollen in the paint that she used attracted bees. Zito forgives her once the bees are gone and they become close friends.
At first, Zito had a fair amount of resentment towards Laini and her galagos, after they were unable to accommodate Zito and the rest of his herd in Ndefu Grove after a fire destroyed their home.
But later, after losing some of that resentment, Zito became good friends with Laini after he helped save her home. She invited them to stay, and Zito appears to be quite happy with the new arrangements.
Hadithi is less than impressed with Zito after he called out a slight problem with his speech. However, once Ono cleared up the message, Hadithi appeared to be more positive towards him
Zito and Simba are good friends. Zito didn't like it when Simba didn't tell them about Scar. They decided to stay in the Pride Lands because they're stronger together.
Zito and Kifaru worked together to fight Scar's Army.
Zito and Mbeya worked together to fight Scar's Army.
Zito and Bupu worked together to fight Scar's Army.
Zito and Anga are on good terms, He says goodbye to her as she goes to the Tree of Life.
Zito are on good terms with Timon and Pumbaa. He comes to watch their song "Tujiinue."
Zito used to dislike Makuu at first. However they became on good terms.
Zito used to hate Janja's Clan until they reformed and joined the Pride Landers to fight against Scar's Army.
Zito and Jasiri are on good terms.
Askari and Zito are on good terms. Zito was shocked to see him as well as the rest of the Pride Landers.
Zito hates Scar because he's friends with Simba.
Zito hates Kiburi's Float since they worked for Scar.
Zito hates Reirei's Pack since they worked for Scar.
Zito hates Mzingo's Parliament since they worked for Scar.