Encyclopaedia of Cryptozoology
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Kakundakari

Sketch of the kakundakari from Les Bêtes Humaines d'Afrique (1980).

Category Cryptohominid
Proposed scientific names Congopithecus cordieri (Cordier & Hediger, 1960)
Other names Amajúngi, ambátcha, lisisíngo, niaka-ambúguzá
Country reported Democratic Republic of the Congo
First reported 1960
Prominent investigators Charles Cordier
• Paul Leloup
Bernard Heuvelmans

The kakundakari was a cryptohominid reported from the rainforests of the Democratic Republic of the Congo's Kivu Region, described as a child-sized hairy biped, with a mane of long head hair.[1][2] Like other long-haired "hairy dwarves" reported from Africa, the kakundakari has been speculated to be a surviving descendant of the early hominin Australopithecus, although exaggerated chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) have also been suggested as identities.[2] It may be synonymous with the kikomba, a larger Congolese cryptohominid which is speculated to be the male or adult of the kakundakari,[3] but this theory is contested.[4]

Notes and references

  1. Heuvelmans, Bernard (1980) Les Bêtes Humaines d'Afrique, Plon, ISBN 978-2259005609
  2. 2.0 2.1 Eberhart, George M. (2002) Mysterious Creatures: A Guide to Cryptozoology ABC-CLIO, Inc. ISBN 1-57607-283-5
  3. Coudray, Philippe (2009) Guide des Animaux Cachés, Editions du Mont, ISBN 978-2915652383
  4. Smith, Malcolm (2020) Forgotten Bigfoots Around the World, ISBN 979-8671311297
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