Sunday, 25 November 2007

Another Press Release..



After nearly a fortnight, the five person team from the Centre for Fortean Zoology [CFZ] – the world’s largest mystery animal research group, are beginning their long journey home from the wilds of Guyana.

One member, Paul Rose, has already flown to Barbados, and the rest of the team are making their way back to the Guyanian cpital, Georgetown.

Initial reports from the team seem very exciting. They have obtained a wealth of anecdotal evidence for the existence of the three animals that they went there to investigate.+ Didi+ Giant anaconda+ Water tigerThey have secured this evidence in the form of filmed interviews with eye-witnesses in this remote part of rural Guyana.Amongst these are two chilling accounts of young women being abducted by the didi (pronounced ‘die die’). None of these stories have been published in Europe or America before. Perhaps the most important results so far are evidence for two completely hitherto unknown animals: a tiny brown crocodile, and a three-foot high hairy creature that walks upright like a man, and has a bright red face. They also have secured the first video footage of a living specimen of a recently discovered species of green scorpion.

Over a thousand people a day have been checking into the expedition website to keep up with news of the expedition, but the team also have vociferous support from people in the tiny North Devon village of Woolfardisworthy, where the CFZ is based.

Sunday lunchtime saw Allan and Jennie Lindsay, the landlord and landlady of The Farmers Arms, and their 8 year old daughter Clarissa, together with Angi Keen, the barmaid and quite a few of the customers, donning T Shirts commemorating the groundbreaking cryptozoological expedition, which is sponsored by Capcom – one of the world’s leading video game manufacturers, to celebrate the release of a new game `Monster Hunter 2` for the PSP.

Images are available. Please telephone Jon or Corinna on 01237 431413.


+ The Centre for Fortean Zoology [CFZ] is the world’s largest mystery animal research organisation. It was founded in 1992 by British author Jonathan Downes (48) and is a non-profit making (not for profit) organisation registered with H.M. Stamp Office.
+ Life-president of the CFZ is Colonel John Blashford-Snell OBE, best known for his groundbreaking youth work organising the ‘Operation Drake’ and ‘Operation Raleigh’ expeditions in the 1970s and 1980s.
+ CFZ Director Jonathan Downes is the author and/or editor of over 20 books. Island of Paradise, his first hand account of two expeditions to the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico in search of the grotesque vampiric chupacabra, will be published in early 2008.
+ The CFZ have carried out expeditions across the world including Sumatra, Mongolia, Guyana, Gambia, Texas, Mexico, Thailand, Puerto Rico, Illinois, Loch Ness, and Loch Morar.+ CFZ Press are the world’s largest publishers of books on mystery animals. They also publish Animals & Men, the world’s only cryptozoology magazine, and Exotic Pets, Britain’s only dedicated magazine on the subject.
+ The CFZ produce their own full-length documentaries through their media division called CFZtv ( One of their films Lair of the Red Worm which was released in early 2007 and documents their 2005 Mongolia expedition has now been seen by nearly 30,000 people.
+ The CFZ is based in Jon Downes’ old family home in rural North Devon which he shares with his wife Corinna (51). It is also home to various members of the CFZ’s permanent directorate and a collection of exotic animals.
+ Corinna and Jonathan Downes are shareholders in Tropiquaria – a small zoo in North Somerset (
+ Jonathan Downes presents a monthly web TV show called On the Track ( which covers cryptozoology and work of the CFZ.+ The CFZ are currently building a Visitor Centre and Museum in Woolsery, North Devon.
+ Each year the CFZ presents an annual conference (
+ Following their successful partnership with Capcom ( on the 2007 Guyana expedition, the CFZ are looking for more commercial sponsors.

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