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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Saturday, February 13, 2010


As many of you are aware we have been keeping the Rio Cauca caecilain Typhlonectes natans for some years now. However, if we are to establish a viable breeding colony we need some more, and they ain't very easy to get hold of.

For a number of reasons - mostly medical and financial - we were unable to buy any caecilians from the importers whilst they were readily available last year. This is where you can help.

If any of you see any caecilians, but particularly the aquatic Typhlonectes species, in pet shops, garden centres or aquarists anywhere in the UK can you please give me a ring on 01237 431413.

1 comment:

stormwalkernz said...

a fascinating species regrwtably restricted here in New Zealand. There are alot of great things in the hobby we are not allowed to keep and therefore never see.