Richard Freeman (cryptozoologist)

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Richard Freeman (born 1970) is a cryptozoologist, author, zoological journalist, and WebTV Presenter. He is also the zoological director of the Centre for Fortean Zoology (CFZ),[1][2] and co-edits both the journal, Animals & Men[2] and several editions of the annual CFZ Yearbook.[citation needed] Freeman has written, co-written, or edited a number of books, and has contributed widely to both Fortean and zoological magazines, as well as other newspapers and periodicals, including Fortean Times and Paranormal Magazine.[citation needed]

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Richard Freeman
Richard Freeman, photographed in October 2000
Born1970 (age 5253)
OrganizationCentre for Fortean Zoology

He has also lectured across the UK at events such as the Fortean Times Unconvention, the Weird Weekend, Microcon[3] and at museums and universities such as the Natural History Museum, the Grant Museum of Zoology, Queen Mary, University of London and the Last Tuesday Society.[citation needed]

Richard claims an early obsession with the classic science fiction series Doctor Who (with Jon Pertwee) had sparked an interest in all things weird.[2][4] He studied zoology at Leeds University.[5] After school, he became a zoo keeper at Twycross Zoo in Leicestershire and became head keeper of reptiles, working with more than 400 exotic species from ants to elephants (but with a special interest in crocodilians).[citation needed] After leaving the zoo, he worked in an exotic pet shop, a reptile rescue centre, and as a gravedigger.[citation needed]

Whilst on holiday he learned of the CFZ and bought a copy of the Centre's journal, Animals & Men, which left him impressed enough to subscribe and begin contributing.[5] He eventually became the CFZ's Yorkshire representative, then moved to Devon to become a full-time member of the Centre.[citation needed] He is now the zoological director[1] and co-editor of Animals & Men.[citation needed]