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.

Monday, 5 May 2014


The quagga was a subspecies of zebra found in Southern Africa. It was brown, with stripes only on the head and shoulders.  It was hunted, according to received wisdom, to extinction in the 19th Century.  The last one in captivity died in the Natura Artis Magistra Zoo, Amsterdam, in 1883.

It is regarded as a cryptid because there have been some reports of the animal in Namibia, but Bernard Heuvelmans thought they were unlikely to be genuine quagga.

However, there is a project in South Africa which hopes to back-breed quaggas from zebras.  This commenced in 1987, so we may see the quagga once again.

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