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You strike out, you resign.
―Chief Bogo to Judy

Chief Bogo is a male Cape buffalo and a supporting character in Zootopia. He is the chief of the Zootopia Police Department.

Official Bio

"A tough cape buffalo with 2,000 lbs (about 900 kg) of attitude, Bogo is reluctant to add Judy Hopps, Zootopia’s first bunny cop, to his squad of hardened rhinos, elephants, and hippos."[2]


Chief Bogo's name originates from the Swahili word for buffalo, which is "mbogo".[3] When asked about Bogo's first name, director Byron Howard said it remains undecided.[4][5]

Additionally, regarding his age, Byron's said that that Bogo is in his mid-40's.[6]


Initially, Bogo is portrayed as a serious, no-nonsense police chief who is focused on his job and hates small talk. For example, one of his bullpen docket items is about the new recruits he should introduce, but has no interest in going into details because he doesn't care.

He carries a bias toward Judy, because she's a political appointee that Mayor Lionheart foisted upon him and though she gradated with top honors, has no experience in the field as a police officer plus she's the only bunny in a police district filled with mega-fauna like rhinos, tigers, hippos, elephants, lions and wolves and has not shown she can effectively interact with these larger officers. He also dismissed the testimony of Nick, out of hand, because he believes him to be untrustworthy due to him being a fox.

He is shown be the type that only trusts those that have proven worthy of that trust through their deeds and accomplishments. When Judy reports Renato Manchas attacking her, Bogo is skeptical due to the lack of evidence and again his bias towards Judy appears as he wonders if any aggressive predator seems savage to a rabbit.

However, Bogo is not as closed-minded as he seems, as he eventually does grow to accept Judy and Nick, once they have proven themselves and comes to respect them as equals.

He is shown to be realistic, understanding that the world as "already broken" and in need of good cops. This is likely as a result of his exposure to the failings of the world with his years as a police chief, and is probably why he often takes an apathetic attitude with those around him.

He is authoritative and unbribable, which is likely the reason why Mayor Lionheart hid from him the fact that all fourteen missing mammals had mysteriously gone savage and were in secret captivity.

He has a dry, though somewhat playfully sarcastic sense of humour, preferring to appear serious before delivering a punchline or revealing a light-hearted jest, as seen with his interactions with Officer Francine in the beginning of the film and with Judy and Nick at the end of the film.

Physical Appearance

Bogo is a muscular, top-heavy buffalo with a blue-gray coat. His large horns are beige in color and the insides of his ears are pink.

He wears a standard police uniform and utility belt. His eyes are brown and he occasionally wears reading glasses.

Role in the Film

"Parking duty. Dismissed."

Bogo is first introduced during morning routines in the bullpen of the ZPD headquarters. Although he extends a happy birthday to an established officer, he glosses over formally introducing the new recruits, and primarily focuses on the fourteen missing mammal cases that have occurred throughout various districts in the city. While the other members are assigned to find said mammals, Bogo relegates Judy to parking duty. When she challenges him about the matter, reminding him that she was the top of her class at the academy, Bogo states that he didn't forget, but doesn't care, leaving Judy with her meter maid assignment, while also off-handedly saying a hundred tickets a day should be easy for her.

Judy correcting Bogo about the "moldy onions"

The following day, Bogo gets word that Judy abandoned her parking duties to catch a weasel crook, endangering Little Rodentia in the process, among other charges. The chief calls Hopps to his office and scolds her on the matter, additionally expressing his annoyance in Mayor Lionheart assigning Judy to precinct 1 as well as her starry-eyed ways of seeing the world. Before their meeting can continue, a distraught Mrs. Otterton appears, wanting to speak to Bogo. Knowing her reasons for being there, Bogo tries to explain that her husband, Mr. Otterton—who is also one of the fourteen missing mammals—will be found in a matter of time, asking Mrs. Otterton to have patience.

"You strike out, you resign."

Without authorization, Judy volunteers to personally find Mr. Otterton, prompting a furious Bogo to fire her on the spot for insubordination. Before he can do so officially, however, he learns that Assistant Mayor Bellwether has already informed Mayor Lionheart that Judy is now on Otterton's case. Knowing Lionheart would be furious if he discovers that Judy's been taken off the case, Bogo begrudgingly allows her mission to proceed, but uses the opportunity to give her only has 48 hours to find Otterton, or she must resign allowing him to be rid of her insubordination without actually firing her. Though hesitant at first, Judy agrees.

When Judy calls Officer Clawhauser, for emergency backup in the Rainforest District due to a jaguar going savage, Bogo accompanies the team that responds. He is told that a jaguar turned savage and tried to kill her and her partner Nick Wilde, but the jaguar is nowhere to be found.

Nick challenging Bogo

Feeling as if Judy is just running a wild goose chase, Bogo demands her badge as a sign of resignation, but Nick stands up for her, much to Judy's surprise and Bogo's anger. Nick scolds Bogo for purposely providing Judy with limited resources for a major case that the entirety of the ZPD couldn't crack in two weeks before reminding that Judy still has ten hours remaining to find Otterton by that point, meaning the deal is still in motion. Nick's valid argument ultimately leaves Bogo without an adequate response and he solemnly watches as Judy and Nick take their leave in a gondola before departing the scene himself.

Bogo and Judy arresting Lionheart

The following night, Bogo is in his office entertaining himself with a Gazelle app, only to be interrupted by Clawhauser, who, to his excitement and delight, discovers the chief's secret love for the pop star. Embarrassed and angered, Bogo quickly tries to change the subject while claiming to be working on the missing mammals cases, which reminds Clawhauser to reveal that Judy has uncovered all fourteen missing mammals, plus the savage jaguar, deeply shocking yet impressing the chief. Bogo and his force then infiltrate the asylum operated by Mayor Lionheart, where it is revealed that the mammals, all predators, have been illegally imprisoned there per the mayor's orders, and have somehow lost their sanity and gone savage. Lionheart is arrested by Bogo, and Assistant Mayor, Bellwether, becomes the new Mayor of Zootopia.

"All fourteen have been found by our newest recruit, who will speak to you in a moment."

Following these events, a press conference is held at the ZPD headquarters, where Bogo acknowledges Judy, who earns his respect for her accomplishment. However, the savage predators remain detained, as a cure has not been found and the cause of their peculiar behavior has yet to be uncovered. This, along with Judy's public assumption that "biology" is the cause of the outbreak, leads to public outcry—the prey citizens of Zootopia are unintentionally led to believe that predator mammals are reverting back to their "primitive, savage ways".

"The world has always been broken; that's why we need good cops. Like you."

With the city in fear, Bogo discusses with Bellwether that Judy (who is viewed as a trusted hero of the city) should be promoted to be the spokesperson for the ZPD, as a means to both subdue the public panic, and reward the latter. Judy solemnly denies the offer, however, feeling she's ruined the city with her actions; she then makes the decision to resign from the force, much to Bogo's shock.

Bogo and the ZPD arresting Bellwether

During the climax, Judy discovers the truth behind the predators' strange behavior; it is Bellwether who's to blame, as she and her ram henchmen created a serum capable of turning peaceful animals into wild beasts, using it to turn the predator minority population savage so the prey majority population would turn against them and, in turn, have prey dominate the city. Judy and Nick track down the source of the toxin, and gather the necessary evidence to take to Bogo in hopes of clearing the predators. As they make their way to the ZPD headquarters, however, Bellwether and her rams confront and eventually corner Judy and Nick, regaining the evidence. Bellwether then frames a call to Bogo, claiming that Nick has gone savage, and is attacking Judy. By the time Bogo and his force arrives onto the scene, however, Judy plays a recording on her carrot pen recorder, which reveals Bellwether's confessions of criminal activity; the former mayor is arrested subsequently and predator and prey are reunited.

Bogo and Clawhauser dancing at Gazelle's concert

In the end, Judy is reinstated into the ZPD, while Nick joins the force, as well. Bogo accepts both, and treats them with as much dignity and respect as the other members of the force. However, during their first muster, this doesn't stop him from enjoying a few rounds of playful banter with the duo, on account of their history with one another, before assigning them with a more suitable mission of tracking down a speed racer tearing through Savanna Central. Bogo is last seen during the end credits, excitingly dancing alongside Clawhauser at Gazelle's concert performance.

Role in Literature

Judy Hopps and the Missing Jumbo-Pop

While not having an actual role in the book, Chief Bogo is seen glaring at Judy as she departs from the ZPD.

Zootopia P.D.

The police officers of the ZPD are preparing a surprise party for Judy, but Clawhauser informs them that Judy is arriving ten minutes early. Chief Bogo orders everyone to take their places and to act serious. Judy peeks through the door, wondering where everyone is, and Bogo stands proudly with the other officers as they present Judy with a cake and thank her for solving the case of the missing mammals.

Brothers & Sisters

After Judy stops a bus full of her relatives, it screeches to a halt in front of the ZPD. Chief Bogo marches out to face Judy, saying that she is late and that he has fired officers for less than that. But Violet protests, and tells Bogo about how Judy saved their lives. Chief Bogo asks Judy if this is true, but she never replies.


  • Chief Bogo is a big fan of Gazelle, having an app where he is a male dancer dancing with Gazelle, and also he enjoys one of her concerts at the end of the film.
  • Chief Bogo wears his uniform with the top button undone. This is inspired by how bodybuilders who are also police officers wear their shirts in real life.
  • Chief Bogo owns a calendar with pictures of San Fransokyo from Big Hero 6 on it.
  • Real cape buffalo have poor eyesight, this being the reason Chief Bogo owns a pair of glasses.
  • According to Zootopia: The Essential Guide, the top 3 things that annoy Chief Bogo are: "1. The mayor interfering in police matters. 2. Bunny cops with delusions of grandeur. 3. Donut crumbs on the case files."
    • Also according to the Guide, Bogo dislikes "disobedience and time-wasters", and is most likely to "fire new recruits without much warning".
  • Chief Bogo is the only cape buffalo ever seen in the film.
  • Chief Bogo has a scar above his right eye.
  • In Disney Heroes: Battle Mode, Chief Bogo wields a large riot shield and utilizes stun grenades against his opponents. These items do make any appearance in canon material.


Zootopia Wiki has an article focusing on the relationships of Chief Bogo which can be found at
Chief Bogo/Relationships.


Zootopia Wiki has a list of memorable lines and quotes spoken by Chief Bogo which can be found at
Chief Bogo/Quotes.


Zootopia Wiki has a collection of images and media related to Chief Bogo which can be found at
Chief Bogo/Gallery.



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Main Characters
Judy HoppsNick WildeChief Bogo
Supporting Characters
FinnickGazelleBenjamin ClawhauserBonnie and Stu HoppsLeodore LionheartMrs. OttertonYax
Mr. BigKoslovRaymondKevinDawn BellwetherDoug RamsesDuke WeaseltonMr. Big’s Mafia
Minor Characters
Bobby CatmullBucky Oryx-AntlersonDavid KoalabellDr. Madge Honey BadgerEmmitt OttertonFru FruFlash SlothmoreFrantic PigGarethGaryGideon GreyJaguarJerry Jumbeaux Jr.JesseLarryMajor FriedkinNews ReportersPeter MoosebridgeRenato ManchasOfficer McHornOnçardo Boi CháPronk Oryx-AntlersonSharlaTravisWoolter
Incidental Characters
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Unseen Characters
JudyJerry VoleOtterton KidsStephanie StalkinewTerry
Cut Characters
Bat EyewitnessGerbil JerksHoney BadgerHugoJack SavageJack Savage's BossKitty CowlickMayor SwintonMorrisMr. WildeOfficer BrieOfficer MabelRazorbacksSkyeWooly
Book Characters
AlexisAmosArmadillo GuestBeatrixBella HacklesBongoCarlaCarsonCheetah Delivery BoyColbyDandyDinahDinah's familyDorothyDr. Frank CunninghamEarl HacklesElephant WaiterErnieGeorge LionelGoat GuestGoldie GnuHaroldHedyHyena CustomerInezJaguar WardenJennyJulieLanaLion TeethfestLloydKameelaKristyMabelMannyMaudeMeganMel B.Miss BabbageMomof36Mr. and Mrs. EarsleyMrs. NibblesOfficer CharlesOld WolfPaulaPennyPeter OinkawitzPolar Bear JanitorPorcupine ProtesterRaulRoom4FoodSheep TouristsSheep boySheilaSingcor SwimSpencerSpiderSquirrel BabySquirrel MotherStone KoleStoutheart FamilySusieTiger Boy Tiger ConductorTonyVernVince MousawitzVioletWulfricDr. Zander Orshack
Game Characters
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Toy Characters
Law Breaking MouseSafety Squirrel

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ZPD Vehicles
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Cut Officers
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Game Officers
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