The animals are a reddish brown in color, and have a rooster-like frill running from the top of the head down the back of the neck.All the eyewitnesses agreed that mokele-mbembes live in the rivers, streams, and swampy lakes, and that they are rare and dangerous.
Very little was heard of Mokele-mbembe until 1976 when herpetologist, James Powell from Texas, traveled to Gabon to study rainforest crocodiles. Mackal, a biologist from the University of Chicago and vice president of the International Society of Cryptozoology.
Although we were delayed in Brazzaville for several weeks by the slow-motion bureaucratic system, Pastor Thomas graciously used his contacts in the various government departments to help us get underway.
We eventually reached Lake Tele after a challenging five-day slog through the dense forest where we observed gorillas, chimpanzees, large pythons, crocodiles, and turtles, but no large monster.
Many of the early accounts of the flora and fauna of West and Central Africa came from missionaries and explorers.
In 1776, the Abbé Lievain Bonaventure Proyart, wrote in the History of Loango, Kakonga, and other Kingdoms in Africa, about a group of French missionaries who had found the tracks of an enormous unknown animal in the jungle.
The head was distinctly snake-like, a long thin tail, and a body approximating the size of an elephant, or at least that of a hippopotamus.