Alex (also known as Alakay to his parents) is the main character of the "Madagascar" film series. He is a lion and "King of New York". He was born in Africa. His father, Zuba, the alpha lion of his herd, tried to teach him to hunt, though Alex wanted to dance. When Makunga, Zuba's rival, tried to take his place as alpha lion, a group of human hunters trapped Alex and tamed him. Zuba couldn't save him.