Half a century ago, Belgian Zoologist Bernard Heuvelmans first codified cryptozoology in his book On the Track of Unknown Animals.

The Centre for Fortean Zoology (CFZ) are still on the track, and have been since 1992. But as if chasing unknown animals wasn't enough, we are involved in education, conservation, and good old-fashioned natural history! We already have three journals, the largest cryptozoological publishing house in the world, CFZtv, and the largest cryptozoological conference in the English-speaking world, but in January 2009 someone suggested that we started a daily online magazine! The CFZ bloggo is a collaborative effort by a coalition of members, friends, and supporters of the CFZ, and covers all the subjects with which we deal, with a smattering of music, high strangeness and surreal humour to make up the mix.

It is edited by CFZ Director Jon Downes, and subbed by the lovely Lizzy Bitakara'mire (formerly Clancy), scourge of improper syntax. The daily newsblog is edited by Corinna Downes, head administratrix of the CFZ, and the indexing is done by Lee Canty and Kathy Imbriani. There is regular news from the CFZ Mystery Cat study group, and regular fortean bird news from 'The Watcher of the Skies'. Regular bloggers include Dr Karl Shuker, Dale Drinnon, Richard Muirhead and Richard Freeman.The CFZ bloggo is updated daily, and there's nothing quite like it anywhere else. Come and join us...

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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Thank You

I would like to thank all of you who have leapt to my defence during the recent unpleasantness. It is heartening to know how many friends and supporters I have. Sadly - because I believe in freedom of speech - I have reluctantly changed the settings on this blog so that I can moderate comments that are submitted. I will change this status as soon as `Exeternews` dissapears back into the ether...

I don't know who this person is, but I would like to reassure no-gooder that I have a singular lack of jilted ex-lovers on my trail. In fact I don't think I have ever jilted anyone in the true sense of the word...

One last note. Exeternews asked why I don't invite journalists along on our expeditions. The answer is: I do! We had a journalist along at the Cannoch Crocodile hunt and several at Martin Mere. We have nothing to hide and journalists are always welcome.

Open Letter to the person calling themselves `Exeternews`

Sir or Madam,

I do not know who you are although I have my suspicions. I have ignored your impertinent comments for weeks, but they have now gone from being irritating to defamatory. I have taken legal advice and am referring the matter to the people in charge of www.blogger.com. They will take whatever action they deem necessary.

I am quite happy to enter into a discussion on the ethics of the CFZ on any public platform. I will not, however, respond to mudslinging from someone too cowardly to come out from behind a facile pseudonym.

Jon Downes