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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Saturday, February 19, 2011


I am very proud of CFZ Press, but I shall go to my grave disappointed. Because we have been pipped at the post by the RSPB for the award (which I have just made up) of `best title of the year`. How can we beat this? I wish we had published a book with this magnificent title.

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Dan said...

It is a sad fact of life these days that most undergraduate practical lessons have a large component of the carefully rigged to make sure it works element in them. Indeed, I have known lab technicians to over-collect animals like sea anemones then spend hours before the lesson auditioning these animals to make sure they all behave in textbook perfect ways (conversely there is the spoof exhibit a marine biologist by the name of Dr John Fish uses in his undergrad lessons, to keep the students awake, if not alert).

In the realm of these experiments, the humble woodlouse stands head and shoulders above all competition in that it ALWAYS behaves like the textbooks say it should. For this reason said small but magnificent crustaceans will forever have a small but vital role in biology education.

Syd said...

Don't be downhearted about it Jon. You must remember that in the CFZ there is one (possibly underpaid) person for every dozen jobs that need doing, including dreaning up book titles. On the other hand, the RSPB (like most charities) they will have a dozen overpaid staff to do each job.

I gave up my RSPB membership many years ago, when I found out how they waste members subscriptions.