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, 17 March 2018


Today (March 17th) is the Feast of St Patrick, an historical person who lived in the 6th Century and who is noted for his mission to Ireland.  A number of legends have grown up around the saint and one of them supposedly accounts for the fact that there are no wild snakes in Ireland today.  It is said Patrick drove them out.

However, most zoologists feel that there weren't snakes in Ireland before St Patrick's time.  The reason for this is that the snakes didn't fancy swimming across.  According to Wikipedia, Ireland became separated from Continental Europe about 16,000 years ago.  The only other European countries without snakes are Iceland and Greenland.

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