At the beginning of the 21st Century monsters still roam the remote, and sometimes not so remote, corners of our planet. It is our job to search for them. The Centre for Fortean Zoology [CFZ] is - we believe - the largest professional, scientific and full-time organisation in the world dedicated to cryptozoology - the study of unknown animals. Since 1992 the CFZ has carried out an unparalleled programme of research and investigation all over the world. Since 2009 we have been running the increasingly popular CFZ Blog Network, and although there has been an American branch of the CFZ for over ten years now, it is only now that it has a dedicated blog.

Thursday 3 April 2014


Passenger Pigeon

The Passenger Pigeon (Ectopistes migratorius) was once found in both the United States and Canada in huge numbers.  Unfortunately the Human Race thought that if a thing flies, you should shoot at it.  A number of hunters in 1914 heard that the last flock of Passenger Pigeons was coming their way and thought it would be great fun to be famous for having destroyed the last flock.  This they proceeded to do.  They blasted away and the unfortunate birds fell like leaves in Vallombrosa.  As a result, the Passenger Pigeon is now officially extinct.

However, there may be some survivors.  Reports of the bird have come in from Michigan, New Jersey and Wisconsin.  Perhaps....just perhaps.....the moronic act of destruction in 1914 did not rob the world of this beautiful bird.

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