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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Wednesday, May 06, 2009


As Max explained a few weeks ago we have a number of colonies of undescribed cockroach species. What makes things even more confusing is that one of our colonies shares its living space with a colony of Madagascan hissing cockroaches. This morning at least 40 babies were found swarming across the cage, but until Maxy rings me I don't know which of the two species they are, because he is the only one that can tell them apart...


Paul Vella has been a friend of mine for many years, and has been running the CFZ BHM Study Group since 2004. I have been pestering him to become part of the bloggo team for months, and although it is great that he has finally succumbed to my blandishments, it is a pity that his first blog is such a sad one...

Bigfoot Skeptic Michael Dennett dies aged 59

Long-time Bigfoot Skeptic Michael Dennett lost his battle with Leukemia on Saturday 2nd May 2009 at the age of 59.Dennett was well known in the Cryptozoological and Paranormal worlds, and was one of those skeptics who kept us researchers on our toes without being patronising - you got the impression that he wanted bigfoot researchers to succeed, but wanted them to do it in a scientific manner.

A graduate of Norwich University, Dennett spent time in the US Army and since 1993, was the sales manager for an equipment supplier in Washington state.Dennett's first Skeptical Inquirer article was published in 1981. Over the course of the next two and a half decades, he continued to write prolifically on a number of subjects including psychic ability, fire walking, and of course, what appeared to be his favourite subject, bigfoot'.

Although he was sometimes a harsh critic of bigfoot research and its researchers, Dennett was always fair and reasonable - his long lasting statement that "the bottom line is that they don't have a body" was true then, and it is true now, however his own lack of scientific training sometimes put him at odds with the people he was criticising.

The bottom line now is that we have lost someone who was better for bigfoot research than many of its supporters.


OLL LEWIS: Yesterday’s News Today


It’s Wednesday and today as well as the latest news from the CFZ cryptozoology news blog, and increasingly bad pun, is the announcement of the biscuit of the week. This week’s biscuit’s are those plain biscuit augmented with a pink marshmallow and coconut topping. I have no idea what they’re called and haven’t actually seen them since the 1980s, does anyone know if they still make them? Anyway, the news:

New project to protect wildcats
Gray wolves delisted -- again
Chris the Fox full of beans
Local school to open Wildwood Fort

That ‘wood’ make an interesting day out.

(yes, I know that was a particularly feeble effort today but the powers that be have forsaken me today and I can’t really think of any better puns based on today’s news so if you can do better or can answer the biscuit related question posed earlier please use the comments section for this segment to do so. If you come up with anything half decent I’ll send you an original drawing of mine that you can pop up on your wall and show off at dinner parties.)


Hello there;

I found your page on Google when I did a search for dolphins and came across the following blog posting:


The purpose of my email is to request a blog link exchange between my blog and your blog. My blog has a theme of moments from Brazil, with an emphasis on animals of Brazil.

I have an entry on illegal dolphin hunting in Brazil, which is at this URL:


My latest entry is about anacondas from Brazil, and is at this URL:


The main blog page is at:


Part of my interest in anacondas of Brazil (called Sucuri in Brazilian Portuguese) is because of having read about Percy Fawcett, and the distinct possibility that he was not in error when he said he shot an anaconda of 62 feet in length, given that Arthur C. Clarke reported on the Belgian soldier who took pictures of a snake in Congo determined to be at least 40 feet in length. Both the Belgian soldier and Percy Fawcett were men of the military, and used to estimating lengths. In any case, when Percy Fawcett was first sent to South America, he was sent to chart the territory, and so he must have been accustomed to measuring things all day.

In a link exchange, you would have a link to my blog, and I would have a link to your blog.

I trust that this is possible. I will be happy to hear back from you.