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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Sunday, August 15, 2010


Today was the last day of the 2010 Weird Weekend and I was to be the first speaker of the day. I delivered a talk on fake giants and petrified men, assisted by Kieran Snape who recreated the pose of Mark Twain’s petrified man on stage. The talk was somewhat of a departure from my usual style at weird weekend in that it was somewhat tongue in cheek and a bit of fun to kick off the day, and thankfully the audience seemed to enjoy it and laughed at the right places before an impromptu discussion on giants and biologically related cons in general.

After that it was time to get serious for a minute as I showed the casts of the cat footprints I had taken in Durden farm in February. The casts were almost certainly that of a leopard, with a stride length of 71cm and the forepaw measuring 8 by 9cm and the hind paw measuring 5 by 6cm.

The day ended with Ronan’s talk on the holy grail with him riding into the sunset on a horse, and was followed up by Jonathan’s director’s address. This Weird Weekend has gone incredibly smoothly and has been very enjoyable; roll on next year!

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