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, July 10, 2009


In an interview with Boingbird CEO, Michael Clark, Howie Severino shares his thoughts on the tragic death of the only known living Worcester’s Buttonquail, and a possible future documentary


The CFZ wiring seems to have decided to celebrate the advent of Corinna's birthday by throwing a wobbly, so Graham is intermittently having to take the power offline. So, the Updates to Usenet will, perforce, be delayed this evening. However, on the good news front, after having been unemployed for less than ten days, Olivia and Ivan have both managed to get jobs. Recession? Ha! Not on my shift!


As you know, Oll has been working on the archiving project since early February, and he is now working on the Mystery Cat section. This 8th trenche is a mixed bag, including stories from Devon, and the United States, and mostly dating from the mid 1990s. There is only one more biog cat trenche to go before we enter into the wonderful world of BHMs


LINDSAY SELBY: Cryptic salamanders

On her blog, Lindsay writes:

A recent discovery of a new salamander brought my mind back to the Cryptid giant salamanders. A striking new species of lungless salamander has been found living in a small stream in the Appalachian foothills of the US. The salamander is so distinct that it's been classified within its own genus, a taxonomic grouping that usually includes a host of related species....

Read on..


According to http://www.lakecreature.com/: 'Once upon a time, in a far away land, a young Lake Creature left her parents' nest and went searching for a home of her own. "Where will I live?" thought the Lake Creature as she began her adventure. "It must be someplace very special. It should be friendly and beautiful. It should have lush green landscapes, fragrant flower beds and scenic byways. And most of all, of course, it must have lakes – lots and lots and lots of lakes!"

Suddenly, on July 8th, 2009, the mysterious Lake Creature appeared on Lake Harriet in Minneapolis!'

On Wednesday morning, a dinosaur sculpture appeared in the southeast corner of Lake Harriet.

Minneapolis Park and Recreation officials say the project is not a city-endeavour but instead the work of a private group. That group is already advertising its website -- http://www.lakecreature.com/ -- and promising a big "reveal" on the website next Thursday.


Oll sent down this video of people in the Welsh hills doing strange things with sheep. I don't know how much of this is real, but it is pretty damn extraordinary. There is only one problem. According to YouTube, eight and a half million people have seen this video since it was posted in March, so the odds are that some - at least - of the bloggo readership have already seen it....

CFZ PEOPLE: Happy Birthday Corinna


OLL LEWIS: Yesterday’s News Today


Regular readers will know that Fridays on YNT are Fact Fridays so without further preamble, let me introduce you to this Friday’s fact:

Although nearly everyone wears them these days, underpants were only invented in 1860 by Lord Edward D’Pants. Before his invention people had to make do with specially carved wooden boxer shorts known as ‘nannit shrunglers’.

And now the news:

Young Kakapo recovering in hospital

India to reintroduce cheetah 60 years after 'extinction'

Monkeys recognise 'bad grammar'

Patients wanted for maggots trial

Jellyfish swarms flourish in heat

Climate role for only polar bear

Kitten survives spin cycle trauma

Rhinos in 'desperate situation'

Armadillo-Like Crocodile Roamed Brazil: Researchers

Mice invade homes to escape cold in Toowoomba

Drunk Badger Disrupts Traffic In Germany

If only it had been a skunk….