What is a Cryptozoologist? 

A Cryptozoologist has a very interesting job! They are puzzle-solvers!

A Cryptozoologist studies the unknown. A Cryptozoologist tries to prove whether animals of old legends  actually existed or not. 

These ‘unknown’ creatures are called cryptids.

Examples of cryptids:

  • Lochness Monster
  • Big Food
  • El Chupacabra
  • The Coelacanth etc

NOTE: The Coelacanth – a fish that was believed to be extinct, having evolved over 400 million years ago.  They miraculously survived extinction and remained unknown to man until the discovery of one in 1938 near East London.

What does a Cryptozoologist do?

  • cryptozoologists read old legends
  • they communicate and research local communities where these legends started
  • they interview local community leaders
  • they investigate the area and take various scientific samples
  • they work in a laboratory
  • they analyse and compare data
  • they write reports

Are you . . . ?

  • inquisitive?
  • interested in studying something that may not exist?
  • persistent?
  • dedicated?
  • willing to work on your own?
  • willing to travel to remote places and talk to community leaders?

How do I become a Cryptozoologist?

You will need to start your career as a Cryptozoologist by getting a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Zoology. You can do this at most universities in South Africa.

Once you have this degree you will consider going on to doing a postgrad degree in Cryptology. Not many universities offer this.



  • CLICK HERE to check for a training institution near you to see what they offer.
  • Make sure you understand their entry requirements for each course.
  • To avoid scams, make sure your institution is registered with the Department of Higher Education. 
  • CLICK HERE to check accredited Private Higher Education Institutions. 


OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER:  Archeologist … or … Ecologist

Is becoming a Cryptozoologist the right career choice for me?