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, January 14, 2011

RICHARD HOLLAND: Herefordshire black fox

Hi Jon,

Are you aware of the black fox that hides in people’s shadows in Herefordshire? It may all be cider-fuelled fantasy (I found the legend on a bottle of Dunkertons cider!) but it’s new to me. Perhaps you could alert your members to my short blog about it? I’d love to know what people think. The link is http://uncannyuk.blogspot.com/2011/01/beware-black-fox.html

Many thanks,



CFZ Australia said...

Hi Richard and CFZers,
Black foxes are no fantasy! I have seen one with my own eyes in Victoria, Australia, and we detailed their existence in our book Australian Big Cats: An Unnatural History of Panthers as a possible source of panther sightings.
The University of WA's Fox DNA Project was sent the same photograph that we used in our book of a jet black fox here: http://www.foxdna.animals.uwa.edu.au/
So as you can see, truth is once again stranger than fiction :-)

Richard Holland said...

Funnily enough, we have a very dark fox in the North Wales village I live in (Gwernaffield, Flintshire) - I'd say it's brindle, though, rather than melanistic. A genuine black fox sounds cool, and I know their fur was sought after in the days when women wore fur - perhaps they were specially bred? What I'd really like to know is whether the fox-that-hides-in-your-shadow is genuine British folklore, since it is certainly new to me.