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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Friday, December 03, 2010


As a courtesy of Brill, the first issue of 2010 of Amphibia-Reptilia is currently freely available on Ingenta website: http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/brill/amre/2010/00000031/00000001

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Glen Vaudrey sent these: they were taken on 1/12/10 in snow the depth of the snow was around 1 inch, the prints appeared to be webbed and the animal had dragged its tail in the snow. The photo was taken on a pathway at the edge of a nature reserve and between two large expanses of fresh water the trail cuts strait across the path into undergrowth on either side.

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1952 the miasma of filth known as the Great Smog descended upon London causing the deaths of 12,000 people.
And now, the news:

Oceana calls for the expansion of three marine pro...
Project to protect 7,000-year-old haven for wildli...
Increase in otters offers proof of a cleaner river...
Vow to help preserve rare vole
Red deer released onto Surrey heathland to restore...
Badger vaccine partial success – But culling still...
Two tuskers killed in Sri Lankan centre of human /...
Feral cats kill 480 million birds in US every year...

Hooray, more cats. Ninja cat this time:

QUESTION: Do You Like Kipling? ANSWER: I don't know, I've never kippled..

Once upon a time, best beloved, there was a bloke who wrote exceedingly good stories. Any well brought up young gentleman or lady will have read the Just So Stories, which were published about a century ago, and include the story of how the elephant got its trunk. I was looking for a copy of the illustration from the original book (because my copy originally belonged to my grandmother, and was bought about the time of WW1, andis therefore a little faded and tatty. Much to my horror I found a copy on a Creationist website, from whence I stole it. However, I digress.

According to Kipling (and I see no reason to disbelieve him) the elephant's trunk first came about as a result of a piece of elephant/crocodile interaction on the banks of the greasy green Limpopo river. BBC Africa news showes a true-life event in which science and art mirror each other remarkably closely.

And if art and science are windows upon the world, this blog is the confessions of the windowcleaner...

The BBC photo-story (courtesy of Richard Freeman, pictured Kippling below)
For those who have had a deprived childhood, herewith `The Elephant's Child`.