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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Tuesday, August 24, 2010


Just wrote this...

A megalodon shark called Jack,
said: ”My mind has all gone black.
My memory is feeble,
what do you call six people?
Oh, now I remember: A snack!


WW2010: Ronan Coghlan and Gary Cunningham

If this coding disappears again, the video can be found: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrknCrChAI0


We are firing ahead with the embedding, editing and posting of the videos of this year's event. The whole event will be on CFZtv within the next few days - we are doing Sunday lunchtime already. There are a couple of exceptions to this - My talk on Texas Blue Dogs had a camera failure half way through, and we are not going to broadcast the two short films we showed because they are not our copyright. But apart from that the rest of the weekend is/will be up very soon.

Each year I have someone suggest to me that we release the talks from the WW on a series of DVDs and charge for it. We won't do that. That smacks unpleasantly of exploitation to me. We would rather do it our way.


WW2010: The Quiz

If the coding disappears, this video can be found: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drHg7gPPExM


As you know, Oll has been working on the archiving project since early February 2009 and he is now working on a general mish-mash of a section known as `General Forteana`. This 21st collection once again really is a general mishmash of completely uncategoriseable stuff, including pornography for gorillas, fattism, and sightings of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It doesn't get much better than this. Good stuff.



Photos of a strange antelope (some sort of hair mutation?):

Photos of a black lion (that isn't actually black):

A PDF of the published description for a new titi monkey:

CORINNA DOWNES: Yesterday's News Today

Oh well, I forgot to post yesterday’s Yesterday’s News Today – which is a bit of a mouthful but had to be written. The reason? I bought Jon Series 1 and 2 of 30 Rock and was subjected to a viewing of the contents of disc 1 of Series 1 last night so forgot all about YNT. Jon, however, remembered at about 1 am and although I offered to go downstairs to do it, he insisted that he would sort it on his laptop upstairs. It may well have been something to do with the fact that I dropped off to sleep mid-sentence.
But I am rambling – here are this posting’s offerings:

3-foot alligator found crossing Massachusetts street
Dead Minke Whale Found On Welsh Beach
Ostrich's motorway bid for freedom
Rabbit stowed away in car engine for 300-mile journey home... but then met a tragic end
No lions, but maybe a tiger -- oh my! (via Chad Arment)
AN UNUSUAL VISITOR: Manatee spotted near Clinton marina
Fearsome giant turtles found in Pacific cemetery (via Chad Arment)
Ootsa Lake creature sighting
Big snake sightings in Pike Co.
Medical aid for injured elephant
Teashop owner attacks 'spying' dog wardens
Humpback whale gives dazzling show
Mystery of the monster bug in Addiscombe

CFZ PEOPLE: Carl Portman

I have known Carl for a couple of years, but it was his bravura performance at the WW this year that won the hearts of a large chunk of the CFZ family. His new friends will, like I was, be seriously concerned to hear that Carl has been seriously ill and even spent a spell in hospital last week.

Get well soon buddy. You are in our thoughts and our prayers.


Once again our friendly Scottish pussycat gets it completely right. Describing CFZ Press he writes: 'Most of the titles if not all, are written by CFZ members, the only difference is that Jon doesn't take any money up front. The end result though is the same thing. A book that would not be published by any regular publisher, that will sell in the low hundreds at best, and most of the sales would be to other members of the CFZ family.'

Well, apart from the last point (I don't know whether most of the sales are to the CFZ Family or not) he has hit the nail right on the head. We are a non-commercial publishing house, which was never intended to make a profit, and we publish books that we feel should be published whether or not they have any sales potential.

I fail to see anything wrong with that!