|Name meaning||Swahili for "Antelope"; |
Also recalls "baa", the onomatopoeia for bleating
|Alias||"Sweetheart", "Honey" (by Nadira)|
|Species||Thomson's gazelle (Eduorcas thomsonii)|
|Age||Two years (as of page 33) |
five years (page 34 on)
|Current residence||Lerai Forest, Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania|
|First appearance||Page 20|
|Allies||Africa (formerly), Abasi, Kafil, Hazina, his herd, the zebras|
|Relatives||Nadira (mother), Pembe (father)|
Paa is a very slim, long-legged Thomson's gazelle. He has a long neck and a small head, with a bump at the tip of his nose. His small ears are rounded and he has two jagged grey horns elongating from the back of his nape. As an adult, his horns have grown considerably, and are now twice as long as his head. Paa's fur is reddish-brown in colour in its upper part and dull white in the lower one, with the characteristic horizontal black stripe typical of his species running on his sides. He also has a helmet-like marking on his head, which is the same reddish as the rest of his body, with a black diamond-like spot between his eyes, that are golden in colour. Two reddish tear-marks run from the corners of his eyes to the tip of his nose.
In harmony with his species' nature, Paa is a very nervous gazelle. He is clumsy, intolerant and easily started, but most importantly, impatient. His attitude clashes greatly with that of his mother, and makes him look fragile and vulnerable at times. Constantly alert and on watch for predators, Paa is terrified of leopards, and in particular, of Africa. When she tried to befriend him as a youngster, he openly refused and did not show himself as enthusiastic as his mother.
As of Chapter One 
With Nadira 
- "But how do I know I'm in for a good thing if I just keep waiting for it? Wouldn't it be better to seize the opportunity while I have it?"
- —Paa[page 35]
- "Are you sure we shouldn't run, like, now? That cat is way too close if you ask me."
- —Paa to his mother about Africa[page 20]
- Paa is one of few characters whose name has never changed during the development of the comic. He shares this trait with Africa, Kafil and Chui.
|Leopards||Africa • Giza • Chui • Sahara • Mosi• Binti• Botswana • Kalahari • Kenya • Namibia • Okavango|
|Gazelles||Nadira • Paa • Pembe|
|Zebras||Abasi • Kafil • Hazina|
|Fan characters||Tumaini • Tofauti • Jua • Simulizi • Zito • Hasira • Chuki • Kwanza|