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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Thursday, April 09, 2009


This photograph was taken at Farnham Birdworld a couple of years ago. And, yes, of course my wife is a fantastic bird, but can you identify the others?

They are, of course, a moa, an elephant bird, and a phorusrhacos. They have three things in common: they are flightless, they are extinct and they are monumentally groovy, but the competition this time in order to win a free year's membership to the CFZ (including a four issue sub to Animals & Men, or a free year's subscription to The Amateur Naturalist (depending on which variety of CFZ agit prop interests you most) be the first person to email me telling me WHEN each species became extinct...

Good luck

1 comment:

stormwalkernz said...

As for phorusrhacos - extinct about 15,000 years ago.
ElephNtbird was around as late as 1649 and the Moa A.D. 1140
Tony Lucas