Khumba is the story of a half-striped zebra, born into an insular, isolated herd obsessed with stripes. Rumors that the strange foal is cursed spread and, before long, he is blamed for the drought that sets in. When his father, the leader of the herd, blames him for the lack of rain and the subsequent death of his mother, the outcast zebra leaves the confines of his home knowing that he cannot survive in the herd without all his stripes.As Khumba ventures far from home, be becomes vulnerable to the ferocious leopard, Phango, who controls the waterholes and terrorizes the animals in the Great Karoo. Khumba is rescued by a quirky duo: a wildebeest and an ostrich. Mama V is a self-confessed free spirit who does not want to be the average stay-at-home mom, like other wildebeest. Ironically, she mothers Bradley, a flamboyant but insecure ostrich who overcompensates for his scraggily feathers.When a mystical mantis appears to Khumba, drawing a map to what could be interpreted as either water or stripes, the duo join Khumba on his quest in the hope that their own search for a safe waterhole is over. But Khumba realizes that his lack of stripes has nothing to do with the lack of rain. Instead, in order to save his herd - as well as all the Karoo animals - Khumba knows he must enter Phango's ’ cave and defeat the dreaded leopard.