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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Thursday, April 15, 2010



'A quandary for your readers, maybe?' Writes young Scottie. Can we identify the skull?

I can't - how about you guys?

MAX BLAKE: Another Taxonomy Fail

Young Max never fails to amuse me


Hi Jon

I thought I would send you this pic of my dog Rufus reenacting a wild blue dog.
thought it would make you smile.


Alan V

CFZ AUSTRALIA: Aversion Therapy for Quolls

A couple of days ago, Gavin ran a story about quolls over on the CFZ Newsblog. By happenstance, the next day, Ruby and Mike from CFZ Australia sent us a similar, but markedly different story, which we are posting here partly because the differences in the story make it of mildly Fortean interest (file under Chinese Whispers) and partly because we are completely anal and obsessive compulsive....

Scientists from the University of Sydney have trained a group of quolls to associate cane toads with feeling sick - a process called 'conditioned taste aversion.'

Before releasing the quolls into the wild, Professor Rick Shine, Stephanie O'Donnell and Dr Jonathan Webb fed each marsupial a small dead cane toad, not large enough to kill the quolls, but they were laced with a chemical that made the quolls feel nauseous. Dr Webb said the quolls quickly learned to avoid eating toads.

Posted By CFZ Australia to Centre for Fortean Zoology Australia at 4/13/2010 04:31:00 PM


Letter from Richard Muirhead:


I have ordered the book that mentions chupacabra in 1983, the book Kithra mentioned on her blog. I`m getting it via inter-library-loan but I was told Macc. library would have to get certain university libraries permission first. The book is, by the way, on sale for c. £4.50 on amazon

However, Loren Coleman's blog mentions use of the word on T.V. in 1960.

Best wishes


OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1178BC, according to calculations based on the Iliad, Odysseus the king of Ithaca returned from the Trojan wars. According to the Iliad, this took 10 years and was not without incident. You can read the Iliad here: http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/2199

And now, the news:

Liberia: Mysterious insect identified
Photos: Mysterious fishes in ocean
Tiny community is troubled by Bigfoot sightings
Man in South Carolina motel 'assaulted with python'
Sanctuary staff in Gweek mourn the death of Sahara the seal
Bear killed by Inuit hunter may be rare polar-grizzly hybrid
Frog tadpoles 'scream' underwater discover scientists

A ‘tad’ loud, perhaps?