Posted by: John Kirk on August 28th, 2014
My mates and I will be doing our damnedest to find the elusive Mokele-mbembe in the next year or so.
We’ll also be pressing the Cameroonian authorities to deal severely with poachers of elephants and gorillas. They have heard us by sending 600 commandos into our search area to arrest the lowlifes who cater to the barbarous trade in animal parts.
Bill Gibbons put together this video to emphasize the perils and work that lie before us.
It’s graphic, but it shows what we have to contend with when we are in the nether reaches of the Dja river region.
We do what we have to even though we face real danger. The slaughter has to stop and the great unknown we have sought needs to be protected. We won’t cease until both objectives are achieved.
Plans are now underway to return to a discreet location near the upper Dja River in January 2015. Please check in with us on Facebook at ‘Into The Cameroon’ and learn what you can do to help us make the trip. We hope to track the movements of elephant & gorilla poachers with the help of our Cameroonian friends & colleagues, as well as gather evidence for new and rare species in the area. Its going to be tough, but together we CAN make it happen!
One of the founders of the BCSCC, John Kirk has enjoyed a varied and exciting career path. Both a print and broadcast journalist, John Kirk has in recent years been at the forefront of much of the BCSCC’s expeditions, investigations and publishing. John has been particularly interested in the phenomenon of unknown aquatic cryptids around the world and is the author of In the Domain of the Lake Monsters (Key Porter Books, 1998). In addition to his interest in freshwater cryptids, John has been keenly interested in investigating the possible existence of sasquatch and other bipedal hominids of the world, and in particular, the Yeren of China. John is also chairman of the Crypto Safari organization, which specializes in sending teams of investigators to remote parts of the world to search for animals as yet unidentified by science. John travelled with a Crypto Safari team to Cameroon and northern Republic of Congo to interview witnesses among the Baka pygmies and Bantu bushmen who have sighted a large unknown animal that bears more than a superficial resemblance to a dinosaur. Since 1996, John Kirk has been editor and publisher of the BCSCC Quarterly which is the flagship publication of the BCSCC. In demand at conferences, seminars, lectures and on television and radio programs, John has spoken all over North America and has appeared in programs on NBC, ABC, CBS, PBS, TLC, Discovery, CBC, CTV and the BBC. In his personal life John spends much time studying the histories of Scottish Clans and is himself the president of the Clan Kirk Society. John is also an avid soccer enthusiast and player.