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, 7 July 2014


Siberian chipmunk
Various countries in Western Europe4 have undergone an invasion of sorts from the Siberian chipmunk (Tamias sibiricus).  Perhaps invasion is the wrong word.  Most of them are either escaped pets or the offspring of such pets.  In Ireland (my native land) they have been spotted in Waterford, in the south-east.  In Britain (an island off the coast of Ireland) some of the population may have come from France by way of Eurotunnel, the tunnel which connects the two countries.  In fact, in the area of Paris they seem to be thriving.  They have also been found in Denmark, near Copenhagen.

These animals, I feel, have a good chance of becoming established species.  Actually, in Britain, while they have arrived in England, they seem unknown in Scotland or Wales.  They are still not, however, regarded as an established species in England.

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