The Cryptid Zoo: Mokele-Mbembe

African folklore from the Congo describes an animal that seems exactly like a small sauropod dinosaur. This creature lives in the most remote swamps. It is about the same size as an elephant and it is a herbivore, but it will jealously defend its territory against hippos and humans. Reports of the animal's behavior, appearance and diet are remarkably consistent, suggesting that this may be a real animal. The regions where mokele-mbembe lives seem like excellent hippo habitat, but these areas are mysteriously devoid of hippos. This lends credence to the reports of Congo natives. The Congo has been the home of many animals that were only recently discovered by science. If a living dinosaur exists somewhere, the Congo is where we would expect to find it.

The mokele-mbembe is often confused with the emela-ntouka. The mokele-mbembe is identical, or nearly identical, to several other African cryptids, including the badigui, a monster supposed to inhabit the Brouchouchou River and the Gounda River in the Central African Republic.

You can find out more about Mokele-Mbembe from the following sources:

Clark, Jerome and Coleman, Loren. Cryptozoology A-Z. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1999. Pages 98, 167-169

Clark, Jerome. Unexplained!. Detroit: Visible Ink Press, 1999. Pages 273-274, 300-310

Gibbons, William. Was a Mokele-mbembe killed at Lake Tele?

Keel, John A. The Complete Guide to Mysterious Beings. New York: Doubleday, 1994. Pages 315-316

Mackal, Roy P. A Living Dinosaur: In Search of Mokele-Mbembe.


Newton, Michael. Encyclopedia of Cryptozoology: A Global Guide to Hidden Animals and Their Pursuers. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, 2005. Pages 13-14, 97, 101, 132-135, 148, 171, 182, 208, 210, 277, 289,300, 303-304, 338, 345-346, 379, 394-395, 403, 410

Norman, Scott T. Mokele-Mbembe: The Living Dinosaur!
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Nugent, Rory. Drums Along the Congo: On the Trail of Mokele-Mbembe, the Last Living Dinosaur. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1993.

O'Hanlon, Redmond. No Mercy: A Journey Into the Heart of the Congo.

Quammen, David. The Flight of the Iguana: A Sidelong View of Science and Nature. Pages 93-94

Steiger, Brad. Out of the Dark: The Complete Guide to Beings from Beyond. New York: Kensington Books, 2001. Pages 99-101

Weidensaul, Scott. The Ghost with Trembling Wings: Science, Wishful Thinking and the Search for Lost Species. New York: North Point Press, 2002. Pages 11, 179

Wikipedia, The. Mokele-mbembe

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