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, May 15, 2010


As many of you will know, we had a nascent colony of Thorichthys sp. mixteco, a very rare and so-far un-named species of Mexican cichlid. We (and in particular, Oll and Allan Lindsay) had reared them from tiny hatchlings until adulthood, and we had been hoping to breed them this year.

They were probably the only fish of this species on public display anywhere in the UK if not the world, because - as part of our outreach project - we had kept them swimming happily in the show tank in the restaurant at the Farmers Arms, in Woolsery, where they had delighted and interested thousands of people.

Some time during the last twenty-four hours, in what may have been a senseless act of vandalism, it appears that person or persons unknown poured their drinks into the fishtank, killing all but one of them. At the moment I am too upset to comment further. However, comment further I shall certainly do....


Syd said...

It is unfortunately a fact of life, that there are sad bastards around, who take perverted pleasure in destroying things of beauty that bring great pleasure to decent people.

Rich said...

What is the most horrid is the senselessness of the act combined with the amount of damage caused to the entire world's wealth of diversity (from what I understand).

You have my condolences.