Cholliers

Unknown Primate of West Africa. Etymology: After its only observer. Physical description: Size of a man. Dense black hair.

Distribution: Southeastern Mali near the Burkina Faso border.

Significant sighting: In 1938, Louis Chollier was on safari south of Tiou Tiou, Mali, when his party came across a huge, black animal with long hair that looked like a bear or an ape. It disappeared into the rocks before they could pursue it.

Possible explanation: An escaped Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) or a remnant population of chimps left over from the species' former range.

Source: Bernard Heuvelmans, Les bĂȘtes humaines d'Afrique (Paris: Plon, 1980), pp. 560-562.

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