Here (Also) There Be…

More dragons on the earth? This legend has intrigued me for years. It has many elements I love, including an African setting. –Sam

From the BBC

In the 1980s, Dr Mackal led two expedition teams to the vast Likouala swamp and rainforest area of the Congo which is inhabited by pygmies, on the hunt for this mystery creature – Africa’s version of Scotland’s Loch Ness Monster.

The Mokele-mbembe is reputed to be a large reptile-like creature, with a long neck, and long tail.

Map showing Likouala in Congo

Despite being a herbivore, it is said to roar aggressively if approached by humans. Some say it has a single horn, which it uses to kill elephants.

Many a Western explorer over the years has been gripped by the tantalising possibility that they could discover a creature – a formidable one at that – that has remained, as yet, unknown to science.


Artwork above by Bill Rebsamen at

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