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, June 12, 2010


Dear comrade Jon of the glorious peoples CFZski,
I need help! No, not the medical kind of help.

On my recent trip to Belarus I visited Zoosad, a zoo that houses animals native to Belarus. In three cages next to each other there was a wolf, a fox and a ???????? what is it? Can you identify it for me. Its some sort of white dog. I am sorry the picture is crap.

I Must say I was impressed with the Bison. I forgot just what big buggers they are. Belarus itself is like a giant nature reserve!

With a land mass a similar size to England but with a population of only 10 million people vast areas are heavily forested, punctuated with lakes and rivers, and because the land is so flat the roads are straight as an arrow and once I left Minsk airport and headed east it was like driving down a tree-lined avenue! Mile after mile of Birch forest still populated by moose and wild boar. A beautiful country.

Regards Davey Curtovski

Hail Comrade,

You are to be congratulated for your succesful mission, but not for your photography, which you so rightly say is `crap`. I would put forward the supposition that it is an Arctic Fox (Alopex lagopus or Vulpes lagopus) although the species is not native to Belarus.

But according to Wikipedia, neither is the red fox. I suspect a capitalist plot.

All hail the glorious Fortean revolution.

Comrade Jonski
P.S. I bet you didn't remember to bring me any vodka

1 comment:

shiva said...

A pale Golden Jackal?