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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Friday, April 20, 2007

The Museum - good news and bad news...

Construction of the museum is well under way, and we hope that the rest of the floor will be laid today. We would like to thank Travis Perkins builder’s merchants http://www.travisperkins.co.uk/ for having generously sponsored this leg of the project. However, the project is proving far more expensive than we had originally envisaged, and further stages of construction may have to wait until we can either raise the money, or get further sponsorship.

Here’s your chance to help. If you go to:


you can make a donation to help us proceed. Every dollar and every pound helps, so if you are interested in what we do please help us. If everybody on our mailing liust alone was to donate just £5 or $10 we would have enough to complete phases 1 amd 2 of the museum plans immediately.

The name of every person who makes a donation through this webpage will be placed on the museum website,and on a board in the museum itself, marking them as a benefactor. People can also sponsor a particular exhibit or animalfor a year, and their name will be displayed prominently on the exhibit.

The concept of the museum is to present evidence for the existence of unknown animals (cryptids),alongside exhibits illustrating the habitat where these creatures are reported to live. The first four `habitats` will be:

Central African rainforest
Southern USA swampland
Amazon Basin
Southeast Asian hillstream

Alongside these habitats will be exhibits detailing local freshwater and marine ecology, and their linksto such local mystery animals such as `the beast of Exmoor`.

Other `habitats` will be added as time goes on, and there will also be permanent exhibitions, consisting of computer installationsand specimens brought back from our expeditions to

Puerto Rico
The Gambia

The latest building work...