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 13 September 2014


Some of you may be asking why we include UFO sightings in a blog devoted primarily to cryptozoology.  The answer is simple.  If UFOs are in fact extraterrestrial or ultraterrestrial craft, the beings who fly them should come under the general heading of cryptids - unless, of course, they are robotic.  But, that apart, reports of certain cryptids coincide with UFO sightings and consequently the two phenomena are not unconnected.

I know some cryptozoologists thinks it demeans the status of cryptozoology as they regard cryptozoology as 'more scientific' than ufology or the paranormal, in that it deals with hypothetical flesh-and-blood animals.  However, others regard such topics as not as irrelevant to science as the status which most of mainstream science accords them.  They would say, in short, that aliens and the paranormal are not themselves beyond the bounds of science, but beyond the bounds of known science and should there not be relegated, as they often are, to the 'crackpot fringe'.

Moreover, this website does not confine itself merely to cryptozoology per se, but seeks to include other topics such as natural history, conservation and, indeed, anything else that the Learned Editors might want to put into it.

Finally, a grammatical note.  Some who read this who are versed in English grammar may blench when we do things such as start a sentence with a conjunction or end it with a preposition.  Sometimes strict adherence to the rules of grammar can smack of artificiality and pedantry and this we have sought to avoid.

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