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.

Saturday, 3 May 2014


Unicorn rampant
Many will be surprised that there have been alleged sightings of unicorns in North America, but indeed there have been some.  Elizabethan mariner Sir John Hawkins (1532-95) claimed to have seen one in Florida.  Florida here may not mean the present state, but the larger Spanish territory in what is now the United States.  Unicorns were reported near the Canadian border in the 17th Century.  A kind of unicorn was rumored to exist in New York state.  These ones had shaggy manes, a stag's neck and tails like a wild pig's.

Unicorns were not unknown in South America, if Patagonian paintings are anything to go by.  The natives claimed there had once been many unicorns, but now they had been killed off.

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