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.

Sunday 4 January 2015


No, that isn't the sound of someone sneezing.  It is, in fact, the name of a place in the North Caucasus.  This locale is noted for a bizarre mystery.  It is said by the local inhabitants that, in the caves here, lives a monster of the kind you wouldn't want to meet while doing a spot of mountain climbing.  Well, as I never go climbing in the Caucasus, this cannot be said to affect me directly.  I have been unable to procure an actual description of the beastie, so, if anyone out there knows what it is supposed to look like, please get in touch with the CFZ.  

The Soviet Government in 1949 - the year after I was born and I see from photographs of myself at the time that I was a most charming child - planned to set up a military base in the caves.  A party was sent to explore them and returned unscathed.  A second party was sent and vanished.  Soviet investigators found the bodies of two of its members.  One had a missing head while the other had all the flesh removed from his body.  They decided to build the military installation elsewhere.  Very sensible, in the circumstances.

Caucasus Mountains

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