When his parents were shipwrecked off a remote part of the African coast, they forged a home from the ruins; but Tarzan’s Swiss Family style life was not meant to be for long. With his parents killed by Sabor, the blood thirsty leopard, baby Tarzan cries out. His cries are heard by the kindly gorilla, Kala. Kala comes to the rescue of Tarzan, and manages to outwit Sabor – for the time being.
Kala cares for the child and raises him as a gorilla, despite the protests of some of the other gorillas, including the group leader, Kerchak. Growing up in the jungle, Tarzan makes friends with the gorilla Terk, and the elephant Tantor.
As an adult he continues to try and win the approval of the other gorillas, and finally wins it when after a fierce battle, Tarzan defeats the evil Sabor. Tarzan’s life changes when explorers arrive in the jungle. It becomes immediately apparent that Tarzan is one of them. Tarzan becomes particularly fond of a girl named Jane Porter. She teaches Tarzan about his own people, but in the process the pair begin to fall in love. One of the expedition team, Clayton, has other ideas for Tarzan and his gorilla friends though, and tries to capture them. In a fierce chase through the forest to capture the gorillas, the hunter Clayton is killed, but not before shooting Kerchak. Dying, but with his family safe, Kerchak finally accepts Tarzan as his adopted son, and names him as the new group leader. Jane and her father prepare to leave, but Tarzan decides to stay behind where he truly belongs. As they leave, Jane is encouraged to stay with the man she loves by her father, who then also decides to stay in the jungle.
Despite being brought up by gorillas, Tarzan probably has more humanity in him than most of the human race. Protective and caring, a capable warrior and determined leader, Tarzan is truly the King of the Jungle.
Terk, Jane Porter, Kala, Kerchak
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