Mokenbe

Dinosaur-like animal of West Africa, similar to the MoKEL-MbEMBE.

Etymology: Waci-Gbe (Kwa) word. Perhaps a contraction of Mokele-mbembe.

Physical description: Size of an elephant. Gray. Small head. Long neck. Long tail. Behavior: Aquatic.

Distribution: Swampy western tributaries of the Oueme or Mekrou Rivers, Benin.

Significant sighting: Animal collector W. T. Roth heard stories about this animal in 1959 after his Waci guides refused to cross a swamp where it lived.

Sources: "He Have Head for Trunk," Pursuit, no. 9 (January 1970): 16-17; Bernard Heuvelmans, Les derniers dragons d'Afrique (Paris: Plon, 1978), pp. 280-282.

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