Cryptozoology (from Greek κρυπτός, kryptos, "hidden" + zoology; literally, "study of hidden animals") refers to the search for animals which are considered to be Legendary or otherwise nonexistent by mainstream biology.This includes looking for living examples of animals which are extinct, such as dinosaurs; animals whose existence lacks physical support but which appear in myths, legends, or are reported, such as bigfoot and chupacabra ; and wild animals dramatically outside of their normal geographic ranges, such as phantom cats or "ABCs" (an initialism commonly used by cryptozoologists that stands for Alien Big Cats)
The word cryptozoology is often attributed toBernard Heuvelmans (1916-2001), a notedzoologist and past president of the InternationalSociety of Cryptozoology (the ISC, now defunct).However, in his book “In the Wake of SeaSerpents”, Heuvelmans credits the word toScottish explorer Ivan T. Sanderson(1911-1973)."When he [Sanderson] was still a student heinvented the word cryptozoology, or the science ofhidden animals, which I was to coin later, quiteunaware that he had already done so."
Two okapis grazing in therainforest. The Okapi wasdismissed by zoologistsuntil it was proven to exist in1901