Ennedi Tiger Tim Morris

Ennedi Mountain Tiger

Vital statistics

Kind Feline
Country Ennedi Plateau, Africa
Various other countries of Africa
First documented sighting
Latest documented sighting
Other names See below

Scientific information

Recognized by science? No
Proposed species name
Major investigators Christian Le Noel

Popular Culture

Episodes featured in
Pop culture references
Among legendary animals, the "Mountain Tiger" has a special place, because its story is common to different tribes and races, which have never come in contact with each other.
Christian Le Noel, Le Tigre Des Montagnes: Des Felins A Dents En Sabre Au Coeur De L'Afrique?

The Ennedi Mountain Tiger is a cryptid reported from the Ennedi Plateau in Africa.

When shown images of various animals, extant and extinct, eyewitnesses' definitively identified it as Machairodus.

An aquatic form, the Water Tiger or Water Jaguar, is also reported.

Etymology and other namesEdit

The Tiger is calle tigre de montagre by the French people of Ennedi[1].

In the Central African Republic, the animal is called Gassingram or Vassoko[2].

Nisi and Noso are names used to describe the animal in the Tibesti region of Chad[3].

Koq-Nindji, meaning Mountain Tiger, is used by some native peoples.

Similar animals are the Water Tigers, which also have a wide variety of names used to describe them, including hadjel.

Physical appearance and biologyEdit

The Ennedi Tiger is a large cat, larger than a lion, but without a tail. It has red fur, with white bands, and has hairy paws. Its most notable feature is the large sabre teeth protruding from its upper jaw.

The legs of the Ennedi Tiger, like its paws, are covered in long hair, which apparently prevents it from leaving good tracks.

Some reports describe it as being completely melanistic - black all over.

The aquatic variety is reported to have a long tail.

Behaviour and traitsEdit

The Ennedi Tiger is an aggressive predator, and very powerful - strong enough to carry a whole antelope. It makes howling noises, if some reports are to be believed.

Allegedly, it sometimes kills hens and other livestock, slitting their throats but not eating them.

Both the mountain and aquatic varietys are said to be nocturnal and cave dwelling.



This legendary creature occupies a typically mountainous north-south geographical area which extends from almost the Tropic of Capricorn (Tibesti) to just south of the equator through the regions of Bahr-el-Ghazal and Mount Kenya.

The area follows a ridge formed by the Saharan highlands of Erdébé, the Mourdi depression, Darfur, the mountains of the Bahr-el-Ghazal, and finally through the mountains of Uganda to Mount Kenya, therefore forming a continuity of habitat covering thousands of kilometers.


Natives and other people living around the mountains of Ennedi have seen the Tiger for generations - it features in the legends of people for miles around. These people are illiterate, and could not know about sabre-toothed cats if they had not seen them. They are also excellent trackers, familiar with all native big cats, and so would know if the Tiger were a known animal.


In the Bamingui Prefecture in the northern Central African Republic, along the Bamingui River, we have a visual and written testimony of a European that dates back to colonization, in 1910, It seems a column led by a French officer and a subordinate officer, and escorted by Senegalese tirailleurs (literally "skirmishers"; a corps of colonial infantry in the French Army), went back to Chad to punish the rebel Rabba Chadien who had just slaughtered the administrator to Bretonet Niellim north of Fort Archambault.

To cross the Bamingui, it was necessary to do it on pirogues (large canoes) being able to contain about ten people, is at the minimum 700 kg. Under the eyes of the officer that oversaw the crossing, a "water lion" attacked one of the pirogues in the process of crossing, and seized itself of a tirailleur that it took below the water. The officer did a complete report on the incident that remains to this day in the military archives[4].

circa 1920'sEdit

Marcel Halley, whilst hunting in an African swamp in the 1920's, encountered a dead hippo. It had wounds made by large sabre teeth, and large slashing wounds[5].

circa 1940Edit

In 1940, two native people killed a large antelope in the mountains. As they were skinning it, a Mountain Tiger approached them and took the antelope, lifting it without effort[6].

circa 1950'sEdit

In the 1950's, a Water Tiger was caught in a large fishing net. It was killed and skinned, and the skull was kept by the tribal cheiftan. He keeps it close, and lets no outsiders see it[7].

circa 1960'sEdit

A French hunter named Christian Le Noel showed various images of animals, extant and extinct, to a native game tracker some time in the 1960's. The tracker identified the Ennedi Tiger as Machairodus[8].


In 1970, Le Noel shot a hippo. Upon inspection, it was covered in sores seemingly made by sabre teeth[9].


In 1975, Christian Le Noel was hunting for eland near the river Ouandja, 15 miles from Tirongoulou on the Chad-Sudan border, when he heard an eerie howling sound coming from a cave. He could not identify the sound, and his tracker claimed it to be one of the Tigers, and refused to continue the hunt[10].

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. The Cryptozoologist
  2. ShukerNature
  3. The Cryptozoologist
  4. Le Tigre Des Montagnes: Des Felins A Dents En Sabre Au Coeur De L'Afrique?
  5. Le Tigre Des Montagnes: Des Felins A Dents En Sabre Au Coeur De L'Afrique?
  6. Le Tigre Des Montagnes: Des Felins A Dents En Sabre Au Coeur De L'Afrique?
  7. Le Tigre Des Montagnes: Des Felins A Dents En Sabre Au Coeur De L'Afrique?
  8. ShukerNature
  9. Le Tigre Des Montagnes: Des Felins A Dents En Sabre Au Coeur De L'Afrique?
  10. The Cryptozoologist

Further cryptozoological readingEdit

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