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And now, in between each episode of OTT, we now present OTTXtra. Here are some episodes at random:


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For those of you not in the know, at the beginning of each month we send out a newsletter to all members of the CFZ. The most recent included articles on a major league bigfoot hoax, big cat misreporting, a vintage report of the expedition to Russia, a giant carnivorous frog, a dog with wings, a fox x dog hybrid, and a terrible pun from my lovely step-amanuensis, a new book on vampires, CFZ not in the news, the return of OTT, Expedition Profiles for 2017, Notes and Queries etc.

The infrastructure of the Centre for Fortean Zoology has changed rapidly over the last few years and truthfully doesn’t look like its going to stop changing anytime soon. The newsletter costs a quid a month (or the equivalent in your currency) and is delivered straight into your inbox by a plethora of tiny invisible elves, or email if your prefer it that way. You can sign up for it

Cryptozoology is a harsh mistress. Whilst no-one involved in the CFZ management team is paid for their efforts, running an organisation of this size is increasingly expensive.

Sadly, in the last few years - through no fault of our own - we lost two of our main funding sources and are currently facing the worst cash crisis that we have ever had. Every dollar and every pound donated goes straight into CFZ Funds, and we would ask for your generosity.

Please help us to continue with our mission - to prove that famous dictum of Bernard Heuvelmans, the `Father of Cryptozoology`, that "The Great Days of Zoology are not done".

Make a donation to the CFZ Fighting Fund via Paypal HERE

We are always looking for volunteers, and people who can donate time, equipment or expertise. If you think you can help, please get in touch!

On the old cryptozoology sites, there were 46220 hits between 20 Feb 1998 and 6 Apr 2004 (although for technical reasons the page counter was inactive for several protracted periods during that time and the actual number of visitors was therefore much higher).



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.

The CFZ is based in an old country house in rural Devonshire, parts of which are well over 200 years old. It is home to several ghosts, a bewildering and ever changing array of animals and people, and the Director of the CFZ and his wife Corinna.

We have a nascent museum and library, as well as facilities for film making, publishing, and research. Over the next few years we have plans to continue our programme of renovations to make this the world's foremost fortean zoological or cryptozoological research facility. We are a non-profit making organisation, and none of the directors are paid anything for their time and effort. Any monies earned or donated go straight into our work. We are also active in disability rights; several of the directorate, including the director, are disabled, and we hope that our activities give a positive view of what disabled people can achieve.

We hope that you have fun exploring our site, but remember, unlike some of our competitors, this site is run by working cryptozoologists, not hobbyists. The research into cryptozoology across the globe, and our rapidly expanding programme of community work comes first. We are on a deadly serious mission - do you want to join us?

We are active in conservation, cryptozoology education and community work with both adults and children, but in the last few years things have changed. Increasingly idiotic legislation from successive governments has produced an education system aimed at teaching children to pass exams, and very little else. Add to this the social changes which have made it almost impossible for children (and adults) to study Natural History as a hobby, and you have a situation which we believe is a tragedy.

Because without amateur naturalists there would have been no Darwin, no Linneaus, no Gerald Durrell, no David Attenborough, and no Centre for Fortean Zoology. And without the amateur naturalists of the 21st Century, from whence will the next generation of zoological savants and freethinkers emerge?


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Previous blogposts on the CFZ Blog Network can be found HERE


Now I can tell you all the truth. Corinna didn’t want it to be made public until it was all over. After two years of medical examinations and tests, she was diagnosed with terminal cancer back in June. The way she dealt with it was incredibly brave, and she was as magnificent in her final weeks as she has been throughout our life together. She was admitted to North Devon Hospice on Tuesday morning, and she died at quarter past five this morning, (16th August) with me and my two darling stepdaughters holding her hand. My life will never be the same.

She was the head administrator of the CFZ for fifteen years until only a few weeks before she died, and her passing means that there is going to have to be the biggest reorganisation of the CFZ for many years. Please bear with us, and we will let you know when everything is sorted out.


We are happy and proud to welcome the return of an old friend after a few years' hiatus...


At the end of the 2016 event, CFZ Director Jon Downes announced that after a run of seventeen years, for a number of reasons - largely his own health problems - the event would now be on hiatus for the forseeable future. The next day he wrote: "The Weird Weekend was a great success, but - despite being massively tempted to do otherwise, because I was once again carried away with bonhomie, I announced that this year’s event would be the last, at least in its current form. I then got overwhelmed with emotion, and so, at the end of the evening, like The Snark, I softly and silently vanished away without saying good bye to anybody. I felt a little guilty about it but I come from a tradition of stiff upper lips and I truly would not have wanted to blub in front of everybody."

In April the second Weird Weekend North was held, and we expect that there will be another North Devon one in the fullness of time. But not yet. Watch this Space.


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