Ennedi tiger

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Ennedi Tiger
Ennedi tiger.svg
Sub groupingLiving saber-toothed cat
HabitatWetland and mountains

The Ennedi tiger is a purportedly living Sabertooth cat inhabiting the Ennedi Plateau, located in the east of Chad, in Sub-Saharan Africa.[1]

There are reports of two different species, one that mainly inhabits the mountains (called Hadjel, Gassingram, or Vossoko), and a water-dwelling one (called Mourou N'gou, Mamaimé, or Dilali).

The Mountain type, according to the reports, is a tail-less creature that is larger than a lion. Its teeth protrude from its mouth, and it has hairy feet and red or reddish-brown fur with white stripes. It is strong enough to carry off large antelopes. It is nocturnal and lives in caves in the Ouadai district of the Ennedi mountain range. Natives described it to western explorers, who identified it as a Machairodus sabertooth.

The Water type is of unknown relation to the first, although it is also a fierce creature larger than a lion, about 2–4 m (8–12 feet) with protruding teeth. The animal is red with white markings (comparable to mountain cats), to leopard-like with stripes, to uniform brown. Its teeth are always described as "walrus-like" and its tail is always described as long in reports. Some have suggested an otter as a candidate. Its habitat extends into the Central African Republic. There are also tales of water lions in folklore in Congo, Angola, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Sudan. A cave drawing that illustrates a walrus-like creature with a long tail exists in South Africa.

The last lions in the Sahara also survived in these areas until they became extinct before the mid-1900s (the last lion was seen in 1940) [1].


  1. ^ Shuker, Karl P N (1989). Mystery Cats of the World. Robert Hale. ISBN 0-7090-3706-6.

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