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, May 08, 2009


OK, we can't afford them, but has anyone got any valid reason why we shouldn't buy a pair of these monumentally groovy birdies for the CFZ collection. If we buy them they will go in the main aviary as an illustration of what other creatures live alongside the yeti

1 comment:

Retrieverman said...

Yes. I think you need a pair of Temminck's Tragopans. However, I can't find a price on them lower than $600 US. I have no idea what they go for in the UK.

I think you might be more interested in them over other pheasants because you can tame them. I've kept common (Chinese ring-necked) pheasants, and they are very nervous birds, even if hatched in captivity.

Another possibility might be the Lady Amherst's pheasant. Its range does also extend into Tibet. Those tend to be less expensive. They tend to be a bit more expensive than their cousins, the golden pheasant. Golden pheasants don't live in right habitat, though. Those two species hybridize, so you have to make doubly sure you're buying a purebred one.