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, July 21, 2010


Hello Jon,

I thought I would take the time to show you my latest painting I just completed tonight, that of a Leopard. It took me a few months to complete as I have so many things on the go that I never seem to have time. I get up every morning at 4.30 am and drive 50 km one way to work, and the same back. I tend to stay up till midnight working on my art when I'm not tired.

Also as a collector of bird eggs I have some of the most wanted eggs in my collection. These are eggs of some of the rarest birds and indeed birds that are now extinct. But let me say most of my eggs were carved by myself using Basswood. The same wood I used to carve the Tasmanian Wolf. I just hate to see wood go to waste.

I had a piece of wood left over from the Tasi carving and have now started carving the egg of the Great Auk. I have a great reference book that gives me all the details, I will show you the egg when completed as well as a few other gems......

1 comment:

CFZ Australia said...

Aubrey - I'm in awe! What a beautiful painting. Hope to see you at the CFZ Weird Weekend!