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Carl Hagenbeck

Carl Hagenbeck (10 June 1844 – 14 April 1913) was a German zoo owner and animal collector.

He was one of the first Europeans to gather reports of the mokele-mbembe, which he described as "a huge monster, half elephant, half dragon" inhabiting the interior of Rhodesia, which he believed to be a surviving dinosaur similar to a Brontosaurus.[1][2] He also described the chipekwe.[3]

He was also responsible for official discovery of the pygmy hippopotamus.[2] His son Lorenz Hagenbeck investigated giant anacondas[4] and discovered the skin of the Andean wolf.[3]

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Hagenbeck, Carl (1912) Beasts and Men. Being Carl Hagenbeck's experiences for half a century among wild animals
  2. 2.0 2.1 Coleman, Loren & Clark, Jerome (1999) Cryptozoology A to Z
  3. 3.0 3.1 Eberhart, George (2002) Mysterious Creatures: A Guide to Cryptozoology
  4. Heuvelmans, Bernard (1955) On the Track of Unknown Animals