Half a century ago, Belgian Zoologist Bernard Heuvelmans first codified cryptozoology in his book On the Track of Unknown Animals.

The Centre for Fortean Zoology (CFZ) are still on the track, and have been since 1992. But as if chasing unknown animals wasn't enough, we are involved in education, conservation, and good old-fashioned natural history! We already have three journals, the largest cryptozoological publishing house in the world, CFZtv, and the largest cryptozoological conference in the English-speaking world, but in January 2009 someone suggested that we started a daily online magazine! The CFZ bloggo is a collaborative effort by a coalition of members, friends, and supporters of the CFZ, and covers all the subjects with which we deal, with a smattering of music, high strangeness and surreal humour to make up the mix.

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Friday, February 18, 2011


About two weeks ago I bought a jackalope (see photo) from Garth Brewood`s excellent antique, bric-a-brac and furniture ('and much more'- his leaflet) shop Aladdin`s Cave at 29 Park Lane, Macclesfield, (07720 901899) (see another photo).

Garth had bought this jackalope in the U.S. It now resides on the wall of my living room, surveying, er, the opposite wall and bookcase, much to the amusement of my friends. It is interesting to compare it to a jackalope I photographed in a restaurant in Dreifelder Weiher central Germany in May 2009 on the way with a team of about 12 others to survey butterflies in Hungary. The 3rd photo here shows this particular jackalope.

The jackalope is a supposed folklore animal, a “cross between a jackrabbit and an antelope, goat or deer.” (1)

1. R.Muirhead To Aggtelek, Hungary and Back (or, a cryptozoologist looks at butterfly behaviour) Amateur Naturalist and Exotic Petkeeper Issue 8 2010 p.46.


Retrieverman said...

In Bavaria, they are called Wolpertinger. The German Hunting and Fishing Museum in Munich has dozens of them, including some with wings.

The animals are partially based upon reality. There is a version of the papilloma virus that causes hornlike tumors on rabbits.

Retrieverman said...

BTW, all of those in the museum and all the jackalopes I've seen in the US have been contrived.