Sunday, 29 April 2007

Welcome to CFZ Australia

Welcome to the CFZ Australia website.

CFZ Oz is the Australian branch of the Centre for Fortean Zoology, dedicated to researching mystery animals around the globe.

Here in Australia we have our own fair share of mysterious beasties including the 'big cat' (Australia officially has no super-sized felines, not since Thylacoleo carnifex anyway) and the 'extinct' Tasmania Tiger aka Thylacinus cynocephalus (or 'pouched dog with wolf's head', for those who are struggling).

Other animals of interest to us include Tasmanian Devils aka Sarcophilus harrisii (not quite as cute as the cartoon would have you believe), the various species of Quoll (including the Tiger Cat aka Dasyurus maculatus) and oddities such as the Purple-necked Wallaby aka Petrogale purpureicollis.

Oh, and we almost left out those hairy fellas - the Yowie (no scientific name yet, but he's also known by the names bigfoot and yeti, among others), Australia's answer to Bigfoot and a bona fide riddle wrapped in an enigma. Despite the fact it's not supposed to exist, it keeps leaving ruddy great footprints everywhere, attacks people's dogs and creates general mayhem.

Then there's the water monsters (giant eels perhaps?) and all of those nasties that make Australia so frightening for visitors - poisonous spiders and snakes that leave a lasting impression. Anyway, we want you to join us in our search for Australia's fascinating cryptids - our hidden (and not so hidden) creatures that shun the spotlight.


CFZ Oz Team

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