Posted by: Loren Coleman on February 16th, 2010
What a great idea. Take a large comb costing $10 million dollars (Australian ones) and rake it through the entire country of Australia for three years to find new animals.
Australia’s Environment Minister Peter Garrett is doing almost exactly that in his new initiative to find new species.
The project that is known as “Bush Blitz” is setting out to discover as many new species as possible in Australia over the next thirty-six months.
“The Bush Blitz will undertake a total of eighteen major expeditions during three years. Groups will be made up of 10-12 scientists and volunteers who will survey the nation’s reserves for hidden biological treasures. The program is focusing on places that are little-known both to the public and researchers,” reported the Sydney Morning Herald.
The Bush Blitz is funded by the Australian government (6 million dollars) and mining company BHP Billiton (4 million dollars).
A photograph of a footprint taken on mango farmer Katrina Tucker’s Acacia Hills property in 1997.
Now, let’s keep our fingers crossed that they can verify the Yowies. And here’s hoping they live-capture some of those Black Panthers of the Blue Mountains!
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.