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URECAT - UFO Related Entities Catalog

URECAT is a formal catalog of UFO related entities sightings reports with the goal of providing quality information for accurate studies of the topic. Additional information, corrections and reviews are welcome at patrick.gross@inbox.com, please state if you wish to be credited for your contribution or not. The main page of the URECAT catalog is here.

1947, Guiglo, Moyen Cavally, Ivory Coast, Mr. Dunckel:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

Bernard Heuvelmans indicated in 1958 that Pr. André Ledoux, a zoologist in Ivory Coast, heard in 1947 that during one of his expeditions in the course of 1947, the great elephant-hunter Dunckel killed a peculiar primate unknown to him; it was small with reddish-brown hair and was shot in the great forest between Guiglo and Toulepeu, that is, between the Sassandra and Cavally rivers. Its remains disappeared while it was being carried home, no doubt having been disposed of by superstitious porters. Dunckel even offered to take Ledoux to the place.

This later appeared as a shorter summary in a ufology catalogue by British "skeptical" ufologist Peter Rogerson.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-001737
Date of event: 1947
Earliest report of event: 1958
Delay of report: Days, months?
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: Cryptozoology book Bernard Heuvelmans.
First certain record by: Cryptozoology book Bernard Heuvelmans.
First alleged record type: Cryptozoology book.
First certain record type: Cryptozoology book.
This file created on: October 12, 2018
This file last updated on: October 12, 2018
Country of event: Ivory Coast
State/Department: Moyen Cavally
Type of location: Forest near Guiglo.
Lighting conditions: Not reported.
UFO observed: No
UFO arrival observed: N/A
UFO departure observed: N/A
UFO/Entity Relation: None.
Witnesses numbers: 1
Witnesses ages: Adults.
Witnesses types: Elephant hunter.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 1
Type of entities: Monkey
Entities height: Small
Entities outfit type: None.
Entities outfit color: N/A.
Entities skin color: Not reported.
Entities body: Not reported.
Entities head: Not reported.
Entities eyes: Not reported.
Entities mouth: Not reported.
Entities nose: Not reported.
Entities feet: Not reported.
Entities arms: Not reported.
Entities fingers: Not reported.
Entities fingers number: Not reported.
Entities hair: Reddish-brown hair.
Entities voice: None reported.
Entities actions: Was there, was killed by witness.
Entities/witness interactions: Not reported.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, shot it, went.
Witness(es) feelings: Puzzled.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Probable monkey, not UFO-related.
Explanation certainty: High.



Significant sightings: A red-furred "pygmy" was seen in the forest near Adiopo-Doume, Cote d'Ivoire, in January 1947 by an African lab assistant working for zoologist Andre Ledoux. In the same year, a small, reddish primate was killed by rhe elephant hunter Dunckel in the forest between Guiglo and Toulepleu.

Possible explanations:

(1) An undiscovered population of short-statured forest-forager people related to the Mbenga Pygmies of Gabon and Cameroon.

(2) The Western red colobus monkey (Piliocolobus badius) has bright-red to light-orange underparts and a body length of 2 feet (plus a 2 foot 6 inch tail). However, it is primarily arboreal and lacks thumbs, which prevents it from grasping objects.

Sources: Raymond Schnell, "Les traditions relatives aux pygmees en Afrique occidentale," Notes Africaines, 110. 20 (October 1943): 1-2; Raymond Schnell, "La Montagne Nienokoue (Cote d'Ivoire)," Notes Africaines, no. 21 (January 1944); Bernard Heuvelmans, On the Track of Unknown Animals (New York: Hill and Wang, 1958), pp. 426-429; Bernard Heuvelmans, Les betes humaines d'Afrique (Paris: Plon, 1980), pp. 493-494, 500-508.

[Ref. is1:] IVAN T. SANDERSON:


During one of his expeditions in the course of 1947 the great elephant-hunter Dunckel killed a peculiar primate unknown to him; it was small with reddish-brown hair and was shot in the great forest between Guiglo and Toulepeu, that is, between the Sassandra and Cavally rivers. Its remains disappeared while it was being carried home, no doubt having been disposed of by superstitious porters. Dunckel even offered to take my informant [Professor A. Ledoux] to the place and he in turn invited me to go with them.


Note: Ivan T. Sanderson indicates that this is reproduced from Heuvelmans [bh1]. The story is thus told by Heuvelmans, not Sanderson.




An elephant hunter Mr Dunckel killed a small primate with red brown hair in the forest between here and Toulepleu. The corpse disappeared on the journey home.

Heuvelmans 1962 p 428

Points to consider:

Bernard Heuvelmans (1916 - 2001), cited in [pr1] as the source, was a Belgian-French scientist, explorer, and author. He was the founder of what became known as cryptozoology, the search for previously unknown animals. His work of course had nothing to do with UFOs or aliens.

Bibliographies of Heuvelmans do not list a book for 1962. The [pr1] reference to "Heuvelmans 1962 p428" is likely rather some reissue of "On the Track of Unknown Animals", by Heuvelmans, published in 1958 and 1959.

"Skeptical" British Peter Rogerson [pr1] explained why he included such stories in his INTCAT catalogue: it was to show that inventions and imagination always existed, resulting in fairy, ghost, weird animal reports, all mistakes or hoaxes, so that UFO occupants sighting reports must be of the same kind.

Hunter Dunckel killed the "creature", and meant to bring it with him. It goes without saying that he saw it closely, and that if it had been anything else than a monkey, he would have mentioned it and could have seen and described what made it something else than a monkey.

Colobus monkeys are found in two genera, Procolobus and Piliocolobus. Most are black and white, but some show red, such as Piliocolobus Badius Temminckii:

Ref.: www.britannica.com/animal/colobus

The difficulty is that Colobus Badius Temminckii is an endemic species of East Africa, not expected to be found in Western Africa. But can we totally exclude that it also lives in Ivory Coast? And can we exclude that one or the other escaped there from a transport ship for example?

The "skeptical" point of view - invention or misinterpretation - does not hold at all here. There is no reason to think of a misinterpretation, we are told of a monkey, and so would it be instead of a monkey, when the witness killed it, got hold of the corpse and was in a position to look at it in detail?

It should therefore be an "invention". But what would be the meaning of such an invention, since there is nothing spectacular, or "irrational"? What arguments do we have to show that this episode is a "hoax"?

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:


Probable monkey, not UFO-related.

Sources references:

* = Source I checked.
? = Source I am told about but could not check yet. Help appreciated.

Document history:


Main Author: Patrick Gross
Contributors: None
Reviewers: None
Editor: Patrick Gross

Changes history

Version: Created/Changed By: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross October 12, 2018 Creation, [ge1], [is1], [pr1].
1.0 Patrick Gross October 12, 2018 First published.

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