Encyclopaedia of Cryptozoology
Category Cryptoungulate
Proposed scientific names
Other names Burrowing antelope, ngondi
Country reported Botswana, Zambia
First reported 1854
Prominent investigators • David Livingstone

The gondi was a cryptid ungulate reported from western Zambia and northern Botswana by the explorer David Livingstone (1813 – 1873), to whom it was described as a short-horned (8'') animal which lived in burrows in the riverbank, coming out to feed during the night. Livingstone passed some holes which his boatmen claimed were gondi burrows, but was unable to get a good look at them.[1]

Livingstone believed the gondi was a type of antelope,[2] but the zoologist Edward Blyth (1810 – 1873) found the idea of a burrowing animal with horns highly unlikely.[3]

Notes and references[]

  1. Livingstone, David "Explorations Into the Interior of Africa," Journal of the Royal Geographical Society, Vol. 24 (1854)
  2. Livingstone, David & Schapera, Isaac (1960) Livingstone's Private Journals, 1851-1853
  3. Blyth, Edward "A Memoir on the Living Asiatic Species of Rhinoceros," Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal, Vol. 31 (1863)