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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Monday, February 21, 2011

ANOTHER GIANT EEL (Or - once again - perhaps not)

GIANT EEL ATTACK (Or perhaps not)

BEACHCOMBING ON "The Last Unicorn in Medicine"

One of the most important things about mythical animals is that they are ‘rare’. Being rare means that anything to do with them is valuable and in previous ages that meant that their body parts were (a) good for showing off and (b) dragged into the world of medicine. Unicorns were particularly appreciated in medicinal texts: parts of the unicorn’s body being sold for vast sums to cure aristocratic hypochondriacs.

Read on chaps


On the Trail of a 40-Foot Anaconda

A huge alligator gar caught

A possible new spider found in Seattle (WA)

Some Japanese deer like to chew on chains


The government is threatening to close libraries. This is a terrible idea and John "Bad Machinery" Allison agrees with me...

GLEN VAUDREY: Whole Wide World #9

Easily the biggest country in South America, Brazil is also the largest Portuguese speaking country in the world. It is home to the Amazon Forest famed for both its size and the rate of its destruction. It is within that vast forest, so rumour has it, that the hidden city of Z lies, or so Colonel Percy Fawcett thought; it was while searching for this hidden city that he disappeared in 1925. Unsurprisingly for a country of its size Brazil does have its own collection of cryptids and today we are going to look at the Caiteto Munde.

The pig-like ungulate, the Caiteto Munde, is described as being 3 feet long and 20 inches tall at the shoulder. It is said to live in pairs and occasionally in groups of up to four animals, unlike peccaries, which tend to have larger herds.

Maybe not an interesting creature to draw your attention to but it does give you an idea of some of the interesting but uninspiring creatures that await discovery. Next we are heading north into a little bit of France located in South America, and that is, of course, French Guiana.

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1926 Kenneth Williams was born. Williams is best known for his work in radio comedy and the Carry On films but was also the voice artist of the Will o' the Wisp cartoons. Interestingly, a blue plaque commemorating Williams's childhood home is only a few doors down from the silver plaque commemorating Charles Fort's London lodgings, both on Marchmont street, London.