Adjule (also known as Kelb-el-khela [male]and Tarhsît [female])
Location: North African region, especially the areas in and around the Sahara Desert in Mauritania
Danger level: Extreme
Adjule is a canine cryptid, claimed to inhabit North Africa. Reported primarily by the nomadic Tuaregs, and Théodore Monod in 1928, the Adjule is said to be a totally unknown canine which takes the form of a dog or wolf, but today is described as isolated population of African wild dog. Some alternative names are kelb el khela (“bush dog”) for the male and tarhsît for the female.
Despite a continuing firm belief in its existence, this cryptid has allegedly since been debunked. Its sightings have been attributed to wild canines mistaken for the Adjule, such as the African Wild Dog which is now extinct in certain areas of the Sahara. There is one unconfirmed sighting of a canine-like animals from the coastal area of Mauritania.
In 1992, local hunters living in the coastal areas of the Western Sahara, to the north of Mauritania, described animals resembling wild dogs, which hunted in packs. They were never confirmed to be of the Lycaon pictus (wild dog) species. There were also reports filed by non-native persons.