Trappe Pterosaur

Flying Reptile of East Africa.

Distribution: Mount Meru, Tanzania; Mount Kenya, Kenya.

Significant sightings: When Margarete von Trappe, of the famous singing Trappe family, moved to Momella, Tanzania, in 1907 to set up a cattle ranch, she heard stories of flying reptiles in the forests of Mount Meru.

The Kamba (Bantu) people who lived near Mount Kenya knew of a flying animal that left bipedal tracks and the impression of a heavy tail.

Possible explanation: A surviving pterosaur, a group of flying reptiles that lived from the Late Triassic through the Cretaceous, 210-65 million years ago.


Sources: A. Blayney Percival, A Game Ranger on Safari (London: Nisbet, 1928), p. 243; J. L. B. Smith, Old Fourlegs: The Story of the Coelacanth (London: Longmans, Green, 1956), pp. 189-190; Bernard Heuvelmans, Les derniers dragons d'Afrique (Paris: Plon, 1978), pp. 429-430.

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