Nyamala

Dinosaur-like animal of Central Africa, similar to the MOKELE-MBEMBE.

Etymology: From the Fang (Bantu) nya mala, "mother of canoes," or "animal that resembles a large canoe."

Variant name: AMALI.

Physical description: Said to resemble a sauro-pod dinosaur. Length, at least 30 feet. Weighs as much as an elephant. Threadlike filaments at the back of the head and neck. Long neck. A pair of pouches near the front legs. Long tail.

Behavior: Nocturnal. Comes ashore after midnight to feed. Eats a local vegetable called "jungle chocolate" (probably Landolphia), nuts, and fruits. Kills hippopotamuses.

Habitat: Lakes and rivers.

Distribution: Ogooue and Ngounie Rivers, Gabon.

Significant sightings: Fang witch doctor Michel Obiang saw a N'yamala around 1946 in the Ngounie River, Gabon, at the point where the Ikoy River branches off.

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In 1976 and 1979, James Powell obtained firsthand reports of this large animal from villagers along the Ogooue River, Gabon. From a children's book on dinosaurs, they identified the diplodocus and the plesiosaur as closely matching the N'yamala.

Sources: Bernard Heuvelmans, Les derniers dragons d'Afrique (Paris: Plon, 1978), pp. 267-270; Roy P. Mackal, Searching for Hidden Animals (Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1980), pp. 59-78; Roy P. Mackal, A Living Dinosaur? In Search ofMokele-Mbembe (Leiden, the Netherlands: E. J. Brill, 1987), pp. 19-27.

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