Posted by: Loren Coleman on March 2nd, 2009
Part II of the MQ Mokele-Mbembe Expedition has departed today.
Bill Gibbons wrote me before I left for London:
Rob Mullin and I will be off to Cameroon on Monday, March 2nd with a two-man film team from Whitewolf Productions, who are filming and producing some episodes of MonsterQuest for the History Channel. Jared Christie, the field producer, is an experienced traveler and outdoorsman….
We will all meet up in Zurich for the final leg to Cameroon (Yaounde). Our man Pierre Sima is again arranging all our travel, pygmy guides and the field itinerary, which will focus on river research and interviewing new eye-witnesses.
We will be exploring the Dja, Boumba and Nkogo Rivers, including areas of a swamp with a MonsterQuest team.
I’m taking 20 disposable cameras to give out to key people who know where and when to find the various cryptids that live there. We are hoping for clear photographic evidence of any mystery animal.
We will be gone from March 2nd to March 16th.
All results of the trip will be on an upcoming MQ program.
And the following, late breaking news from MonsterQuest’s producer, Will Yates:
A MonsterQuest expedition departs Monday for Cameroon, Africa, in search of the legendary Mokele Mbembe. The Mokèlé-mbèmbé, meaning “one who stops the flow of rivers” in Lingala dialect, is large water dwelling saurapod that has been reported by many witnesses and explorers in Congo and Cameroon since the late 1700s. This will be the first MonsterQuest expedition to the continent of Africa.
This fourteen day MonsterQuest expedition will be led by veteran explorer, Dr. Bill Gibbons. Dr. Gibbons currently resides in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
He holds a Ph.D. in General Science and is a tenured college professor. Dr. Gibbons has been visiting Africa since 1985 and his love for the African continent and fascination with the people and wildlife has made him a regular visitor to the Republic of the Congo and Cameroon. Dr. Gibbons will be joined by Rob Mullin, a fellow veteran explorer who is based in Colorado and has participated in a number of previous trips.
The team will travel to Dja River, with a number of prime locations to explore. They will be accompanied by a local guide and expert who is well versed in the Mokele Mbembe sightings and will lead the team to the most likely location to find this rare animal.
In addition, Dr. Gibbons stated that I will alert the pygmies to look out for other creatures of interest, such as the Yoli (a sort of snake-dragon), or an N’goubou (a hippo like horned animal that kills elephants), or a giant forest spider, or the man-ape the Dodu, says Gibbons. It would be good if we can come back with something!
Their plan is to traverse the river, exploring deep pools and caves which may be the likely habitat for the creature. The team will also interview and test recent eyewitnesses, explore the “crossing point” at the Dja/Kgoko/Boumba River and utilize specialized cameras at likely feeding points.
This episode also features an interview with renowned explorer and author of “A Living Dinosaur: In Search of Mokele Mbembe”, Dr Roy Mackal. The episode is set to air on History this summer. New episodes of MonsterQuest currently air on Wednesday nights at 9pm/8pm central on History.