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Mystery CAT of West and Central Africa.

Tigre de montagne

Etymology: French, “mountain tiger.”

Variant names: Coq-djingé (Yulu/Nilo- 
Saharan, “mountain tiger”), Coq-ninji, GASSINGRÂM, 
HADJEL, WANJILANKO.

Physical description: Larger than a lion. Red 
fur with white stripes, though a black variety is 
also known. Protruding teeth. Long hair on its 
paws. Tailless.

Behavior: Roars. Can carry away large antelopes.

Tracks: Long hair on the legs and paws eradicates 
its tracks.

Habitat: Mountains and caves.

Distribution: Ennedi and other mountainous 
areas of Chad; the Massif des Bongos, Central 
African Republic; Casamance Forest, Senegal.

Significant sighting: In the 1960s and 1970s, 
hunter Christian Le Noël heard stories about a 
big, striped cat with protruding teeth in the 
Ennedi Mountains, Chad. On one occasion, Le 
Noël heard a terrific roar in a cavern that his 
tracker identified as coming from a Coq-djingé.

Possible explanation: Surviving Machairodus, a 
genus of saber-toothed cat that lived in Africa 
from the Miocene to the Pleistocene, 15–2 million 
years ago. Some species were as large as 
lions, but most had tigerlike proportions.

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