List of jungle lions
- "Rock jaguar" (Yanomami): Venezuela
- "Ecuadorian lion" (Shuar): Ecuador
- "Jungle lion": Yanachaga National Park, Peru
Helena Valero, who was kidnapped as a child in Venezuela by Yanomami Indians, who subsequently raised her, reported seeing a maned cat called a "rock jaguar" in the narrative of her life, Yanoama (1965).
Peru-based cryptozoologist Peter Hocking heard several stories of a "jungle lion" in the cloud forests of that country, but gave them little credit until receiving reports from rangers at Yanachaga National Park, alongside an account of a dead specimen. According to Hocking's description...
Spanish cryptozoologist Ángel Morant was later told of a maned "lion" by the Shuar people of Ecuador's Upano Valley, but could not find any alleged eyewitnesses. However, an Ecuadorean woman later contacted Morant, claiming to have seen one in the mountains near Santo Domingo, west of the Andes, several years before.
Regarding the Venezuelan rock jaguar, although Valero called it a jaguar (Panthera onca), Karl Shuker argues that it is more likely to have been some other species of big cat, brown-coated and maned, as yet unidentified.
Notes and references
- Shuker, Karl P. N. "A Supplement to Dr Bernard Heuvelmans' Checklist of Cryptozoological Animals," Fortean Studies 5 (1998)
- Shuker, Karl P. N. (2020) Mystery Cats of the World Revisited: Blue Tigers, King Cheetahs, Black Cougars, Spotted Lions, and More, Anomalist Books, ISBN 978-1949501179
- Hocking, Peter J. "Further Investigation into Unknown Peruvian Mammals", Cryptozoology, No. 12 (1998)