Mystery CAT of West and Central Africa.
Etymology: French, “mountain tiger.”
Variant names: Coq-djingé (Yulu/Nilo-
Saharan, “mountain tiger”), Coq-ninji, GASSINGRÂM,
Physical description: Larger than a lion. Red
fur with white stripes, though a black variety is
also known. Protruding teeth. Long hair on its
Behavior: Roars. Can carry away large antelopes.
Tracks: Long hair on the legs and paws eradicates
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.