The Natural Stuff

Centre for Fortean Zoology Expeditions

The Centre for Fortean Zoology has for many years conducted tailor made expeditions to all manner of places; often far flung corners of the earth in search for lost or unknown animals. On all the earth's continents a small group of crypto zoologists have lived rough, walked, climbed, spent hours in hot or freezing cold vehicles, sleepless nights, baking heat, freezing cold, and endured much hardship, frustration, joy and everything else to search for answers.

Unknown animals can only be found if willing folk search for them. It is all too easy for westernized people to scoff at ideas of so called mythical monsters existing, but unless they have been out to these remote areas and seen the evidence and spoken to witnesses they really can't have much to say on such subjects.

I so far have been on two such expeditions, one to Meghalaya in North East India in 2010, and the other to Sumatra, Indonesia in 2011. Both expeditions were to search for unknown great apes; the Mande Burung (Indian Yeti), and the Orang Pendeck, a climbing bipedal relative of orang utan.

Before I went on either trip, I was open minded to the existence of both species, and fascinated with the possible existence of them, especially the yeti. The yeti I believed to exist, but was not too sure, until I went out to help search for evidence. I am now convinced that the yeti does exist despite all the seemingly impossibilities. In Sumatra I witnessed first hand the field evidence of a bipedal large ape. I am also convinced that the Orang Pendeck exists.

Here are my stories and photos:

Meghalaya, India

Mande Burong

The People



Wangala Festival

Sumatra, Indonesia


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