Posted by: Loren Coleman on September 17th, 2008
These remarkable photographs of this elusive rainforest mammal tell us that sometimes trailcams do work.
What does a living fossil look like via a trailcam, initially? First, therefore, a blobokapi must be shared.
These are the first photographs of the elusive okapi in the wild by camera trap. They were taken by the Zoological Society of London’s team (in conjunction with the Congolese Institute for Nature Conservation) in the Watalinga forest, north of the Virunga National Park in the eastern portion of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The last official sighting in the area was nearly 50 years ago. But a survey in 2006 by conservation group WWF found their tracks on the west bank of the Semliki River, in the park’s northern sector. Now these new pictures confirm that the okapi is actually there.
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.