Dr KARL SHUKER

Zoologist, media consultant, and science writer, Dr Karl Shuker is also one of the best known cryptozoologists in the world. Author of such seminal works as Mystery Cats of the World (1989), The Lost Ark: New and Rediscovered Animals of the 20th Century (1993; greatly expanded in 2012 as The Encyclopaedia of New and Rediscovered Animals), In Search of Prehistoric Survivors (1995), and more recently Extraordinary Animals Revisited (2007), Dr Shuker's Casebook (2008), Karl Shuker's Alien Zoo: From the Pages of Fortean Times (2010), Cats of Magic, Mythology, and Mystery (2012), and Mirabilis: A Carnival of Cryptozoology and Unnatural History (2013), his many fans have been badgering him to join the blogosphere for years. The CFZ Blog Network is proud to have finally persuaded him to do so.

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Saturday, 29 January 2011

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM, 90 YEARS YOUNG TODAY!


My mother alongside a very small moai on Easter Island, April 2008 (Dr Karl Shuker)



In 1991, I dedicated my second book, Extraordinary Animals Worldwide, to my mother, with the following words:


To my mother, Mary D. Shuker, whose lifelong interest in wildlife has guided and encouraged my own since my earliest days.

“The mother’s heart is the child’s schoolroom.”

Henry Ward Beecher, Life Thoughts


Every word of this is true – without her gentle, ever-encouraging presence and guidance, I would not be the person I am today. Even my career in cryptozoology can be traced directly back to that life-changing day when she purchased as a birthday present for me (by then an early teenager) from Boots in Walsall, West Midlands, the Paladin paperback edition (1972 reprint) of Dr Bernard Heuvelmans’s classic book On the Track of Unknown Animals.

And so it is with great joy, pride, and thankfulness that on this very special day, 29 January 2011, I am celebrating with my mother her 90th birthday!

Happy birthday Mom – I love you very much!!



My mother and I in the Cat Street galleries, Hong Kong, summer 2005 (Dr Karl Shuker)

2 comments:

  1. Karl,
    I love your work. How fortunate you are to have such a lovely mom. Receiving "On the Track of Unknown Animals" as a gift from ones mother sounds perfect!

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  2. Hi Kevin, Thanks for your kind words, and yes, re my Mom, I think so too! All the best, Karl

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