DISCLAIMER: This is entirely based on speculation and should not be taken too seriously.
Every Disney film takes place in some kind of setting or universe. For instance, Beauty and the Beast takes place in presumably 18th century France, Hercules is set in ancient Greece, and Big Hero 6 is in some sort of futuristic fusion of Asia and America. Now The Lion King takes place on the African plains, but because of the lack of humans or technology, it could fit into any modern time period and thus gives off a timeless feel.
But do humans exist in the world of The Lion King? That is the question. The only installment of this franchise where humans have appeared is in the spinoff TV series The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa, which ran from 1995-1999. A good portion of episodes feature the meerkat-warthog duo travelling the world and interacting with humans, penguins, bears, etc. Given the show's slapstick cartoony nature emulated from The