At the beginning of the 21st Century monsters still roam the remote, and sometimes not so remote, corners of our planet. It is our job to search for them. The Centre for Fortean Zoology [CFZ] is - we believe - the largest professional, scientific and full-time organisation in the world dedicated to cryptozoology - the study of unknown animals. Since 1992 the CFZ has carried out an unparalleled programme of research and investigation all over the world. Since 2009 we have been running the increasingly popular CFZ Blog Network, and although there has been an American branch of the CFZ for over ten years now, it is only now that it has a dedicated blog.

Saturday 10 May 2014


It is some years now since the J.T.Downes Memorial Expedition, organized by the CFZ, set out for Gambia to investigate this monster.  It is said to look like a dragon.  One description says it has a face like a horse, a long neck and tail and the body of a reptile.  A swamp dweller, some people say it is merely a kind of snake.  Some accounts give it one horn, some three.  The Expedition concluded that the beast, if it once existed, was now probably extinct in the lower River Gambia, but might be found further south - in Guinea, for example.  It has also been said to be found in the Casamance River, Senegal.

The Expedition took statements from possible eyewitnesses.  The animal evokes terror among the locals.  It is said that the only way to overcome the beast is to show it its reflection in a mirror.  Bring one with you if you go hunting the Ninki-Nanka.

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