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, April 15, 2007


Six years ago my old mucker Nick Redfern surprised us all by moving to the United States. When I had appeared at the International UFO Convention in Nevada, I had fun, but all I had got out of it was a reputation as somebody who didn't believe in the ETH, and to refuse to play the American new-age game at any cost. When Nick made his second appearance there in the spring of 2001 he met the woman who was later to become his wife. He moved to Texas in the early summer and married her in the autumn. Sometimes fairy tales do happen.

As he was leaving, I asked him if he would start up a US office of the CFZ, and he agreed, on the proviso that he had to get everything sorted out and find his feet stateside first! Obviously, he has now found said feet, because the US Office is now very much open for business.

He has a lively blog HERE and is currently setting up an impressive netweork of field representatives for us.

The future is looking very bright indeed...

The CFZ Promo Video...... four years late

In 2003 we decided that it would be a great idea if we made a promotional video for the CFZ, explaining who and what we are, and what and why we do it! We have been intermittently trying to make this film ever since.

Yesterday, we finally finished it:

We are feeling very pleased with the result. If you like what you see, and if you are not already a member, you can join HERE

We are the largest and fastest growing cryptozoological organisation in the English speaking world, and we need your support. So sign up today!