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.

Wednesday 19 February 2014


One of my favorite mythological animals must be the Hippogriff.  I don't know that anyone ever actually believed in this creature, but sculptures exist from early times.  The most famous hippogriff however is probably the one in Ariosto's epic Orlando Furioso, in which the hero rides this beast to the moon, where he meets the patriarch Enoch, the prophet Elijah and St John the Baptist.  Essentially, the Hippogriff contained sections of horse, eagle and lion - a heady combination.

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