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.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014


The makalaka is a legendary bird in which the Wasequa of  Tanzania believed.  They will tell you that it is the size of an ostrich, despite which it can fly.  On its wing tips it has plates which make a clashing sound as it makes its way through the skies.

The Wasequa have a way to hunt this extraordinary member of the avifauna.  You like down and pretend to be dead.  Seeing you, the makalaka will descend with luncheon in mind.  You then stab it with your spear or other appropriate implement.

However, if this bird actually exists, cryptozoologists should not, of course, kill a living specimen.  The idea should be to let it thrive and keep the species going.

The Wasequa were supposed to use the skulls as helmets.  There have been no actual reports of this bird since the 19th Century.

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