Nuru and Sheeta are a pair of black leopards and primary antagonists in The Legend of Tarzan.

They were voiced by Frank Welker, who also played Sabor and Hista.



Nuru and Sheeta were aggressive and ferocious panthers who were well-known throughout the jungle. They were an intimidating and formidable fighter team using their speed and strength to overwhelm opponents. In the episode "Tarzan and the British Invasion", Nuru and Sheeta proved to be capable of holding there own against Tarzan and might have killed him if Jane Porter had not intervened.

The Legend of Tarzan

In the episode "Tarzan and the Lost Cub", while out washing her clothes in the jungle, Jane comes across a baby leopard, who follows her. Seeing that it is alone, she convinces Terk and Tantor to watch it while she prepares Tarzan for the idea. He is at first repulsed at the idea and wants the cub to be left alone in the jungle. The leopard cub is very playful, and proves to be a handful Jane seeing the hopelessness of the situation, goes with Kala to return cub to the other leopards who attempt to attack them until Tarzan rescues them and the cubs mother arrives. Nuru and Sheeta can be spotted amongst the leopards that attack Kala and Jane.

In the episode "Tarzan and the Gauntlet of Vengeance", Tarzan was then given a challenge by Lady Waltham which was either save those he is close to from danger or head to a mountain she dubbed "Clayton's Peak" where the antidote is. Though Tarzan managed to save his friends and family, he then ended up saving Lady Waltham from Nuru and Sheeta. Afterwards, she gave Tarzan the antidote realizing that Tarzan would never have killed her brother.

Nuru and Sheeta reappear in the episode "Tarzan and the British Invasion" as the main antagonists of the episode. Jane's three friends Greenly, Hazel and Eleanor arrive and assume Jane is in need of rescue. To their surprise they learn that Jane intended to stay with Tarzan instead of return with them. Jane takes her friends on a picnic when Nuru and Sheeta ambush them, Tarzan comes to their rescue.

In the episode "Tarzan and the Flying Ace", Nuru and Sheeta attempting to devour a RAF pilot who crash in the jungle but the panthers are thwarted by Tarzan, who learns that the pilot was searching for Jane's close friend Robert Canler.


  • Sheeta's name was originally intended for Sabor.
  • Black panthers are actually a color variety of leopards and they do exist in African jungles, although they seem to be rare.
  • They are similar to Sabor in the first movie.  They are predatory felines in the Tarzan universe.  The only difference is that whereas Sabor wears standard spots, Nuru & Sheeta wear melanin fur.


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Kerchak | Queen La

Tarzan of the Apes: Sabor
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Tarzan II: Mama Gunda | Uto & Kago | Sabor
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Tublat | Queen La | Samuel T. Philander | Count Nikolas Rokoff | Lt. Colonel Staquait | Nuru & Sheeta | Hista | Lady Waltham | Robert Canler | Zutho | Ian McTeague

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