"Wimoweh", or "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" is a song originally written and recorded by Solomon Linda, under the title "Mbube" (The Lion, a reference to Sulu king, Shaka) recorded by the South African Gallo Record Company in 1939.
Linda's original was written in Zulu, while the English version's lyrics were written by George David Weiss.
Weiss made two mistakes:
1. Lions do not sleep at night, they hunt at night
2. Lions do not live in "the jungle", they live in the African savannah, and semi-desert areas.