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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Sunday, January 21, 2007

The Lion sleeps Tonight

A few minutes ago I had a telephone call from my friend and colleague Chris Moiser. Clinton Keeling, the veteran zoo historian, promotor of `Zoologica` animal-exhibition, editor of `Mainly about Animals` magazine, and one time owner of a zoo in the Peak District died this morning. Apparently he had fed and cleaned out his animals, and was sitting down working on his new book when a massive heart attack killed him almost instantly. One could not wish anything more appropriate.

The thoughts and prayers of all at the CFZ go out to his widow Pam.

I knew Clin for many years, and although we didn't always get on, I always held him in the highest regard. The world of zoology is, tonight, a poorer place