Posted by: John Kirk on October 8th, 2012
In November Bill Gibbons, his son Andrew, Michel Ballot & myself will be returning to the rivers of Cameroon in search of Mokele-mbembe or Le Kila-bembe as the Baka pygmies call it.
This expedition sees the first co-operation between Canadian, British and French elements in this field. Michel and his crew followed us into these areas after our initial explorations in 2001. Michel has since returned several times and has been able to locate further witnesses including one who sighted a Mokele in June 2011.
We are not going to disclose our search area, but it is well-known for Mokele-mbembe encounters. There has been flooding in northern Cameroon this summer, but we are hoping that the southern areas have not been as inundated by the rains. We will also be looking for giant spiders, an unknown hominid called the Dodu and a styracosaurus-like animal known as the Ngoubou.
I am looking for sponsors for funds and equipment. I am paying a substantial amount from my own funds for this venture, but I need to make several costly equipment purchases and cover a few others. I want to thank Bill Gibbons for covering some of my expenses. He has been most generous and it shows his dedication to resolving the Mokele-mbembe mystery.
I welcome individual and corporate sponsorships and in exchange I will furnish an expedition report to those who have assisted me in this venture. Corporations who wish to sponsor equipment or funds can also send me logos which I will wear on my expedition gear.
I don’t use Paypal so anyone wishing to donate digital cameras, thermal imagers and other items I can disclose privately, can email me at email@example.com and the folks at the club will pass on your emails to me. Thank you to all those who do donate to the cause.
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.