Exotic Zoology

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Exotic Zoology
Author Willy Ley
Illustrator Olga Ley
Publisher Random House
Publication date
ISBN 0-517-62545-8
LC Class 59-8356

Exotic Zoology is a cryptozoological book[1] by Willy Ley, a science writer and space advocate.[2]


Ley had written a number of books containing scientific oddities; Exotic Zoology collects the cryptozoological matter from those books.[3] Throughout the book he shows examples of organisms that were rumored to exist, or were thought to be impossible, that were shown to be real; and others that were accepted as fact, that were discovered to have never existed: "He speculates about dragons and sea serpents, wingless birds and Abominable Snowmen."[4] The book, in its description of (fictional) peoples and creatures, has been compared to John Mandeville's Travels.[5] Some of the claims have been criticized or ridiculed, for instance the statement that giant squids had left scars on whales of two feet in diameter.[6][7]


  1. ^ Stein, Gordon (1996). The encyclopedia of the paranormal. Prometheus Books. p. 200. ISBN 978-1-57392-021-6. 
  2. ^ Coleman, Loren; Jerome Clark (1999). Cryptozoology A to Z: the encyclopedia of loch monsters, Sasquatch, Chupacabras, and other authentic mysteries of nature. Simon and Schuster. p. 20. ISBN 978-0-684-85602-5. 
  3. ^ Bille, Matthew A. (2006). Shadows of existence: discoveries and speculations in zoology. Hancock House. p. 216. ISBN 978-0-88839-612-9. 
  4. ^ "Rev. of Exotic Zoology". Saturday Review. 50: 41. 1967. Retrieved 1 February 2011. 
  5. ^ Preece, Rod (1999). Animals and nature: cultural myths, cultural realities. UBC Press. p. 277. ISBN 978-0-7748-0724-1. 
  6. ^ Ellis, Richard (2006). Monsters of the Sea. Globe Pequot. p. 252. ISBN 978-1-59228-967-7. 
  7. ^ Ellis, Richard (1999). The search for the giant squid. Penguin. p. 142. ISBN 978-0-14-028676-2. 

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