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, March 28, 2011


There seems to be a formatting issue with Blogger today. I am not going to risk messing anything else up, but the index in particular is fairly horrible! Hopefully this will sort itself out. It usually does. Meanwhile, it may be nine years old, but I have only just discovered it - the Shelleydevoto album Buzzkunst is well worth checking out..

This seems to be a widespread problem, and as dozens of people have reported it, one can only hope that Blogger will be doing something about it. In the meantime, I am discontinuing the index blog. Everything up to the 24th is on there, but everything since is on the front page of www.cfz.org.uk

Hopefully things will return to normal soon


Thought you might enjoy this original song and video about the Yeti.


Thanks, Drew Thomas


The long awaited new edition of Tony "Doc" Shiels' classic account of monstrous goings on in the late 1970s. Whether you actually believe that the man is capable of raising monsters from the vasty deep (he is) or whether you believe he is a total humbug (he is) or whether you merely believe that he is an extraordinary person who can, has, and still does do extraordinary things (he has/can/does) this book is for you. The ex-Wizard of the Western World (he renounced the title some years ago) is an old man now and lives in the west of Ireland, but he is still an extraordinary fellow, and I am proud to call him a dear friend.

Click here to buy on Amazon

KARL SHUKER: Mystery Macaws of the West Indies


Read the original story here Trust the Daily Mail to get their taxonomy wrong, but as Corinna (who sent the story to me) said, this image is absolutely stunning..

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1957 Christopher Lambert was born, he is the French actor that played an immortal Scotsman in the film Highlander (Scotsman Sean Connery played an immortal Spanish-Egyption in the same film, go figure).

And now the news:

Unknown Animals Nearly Invisible Yet There
Zoo's Dolphin Habitat Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Experts DNA test England's adders to help halt dec...
'Runaway' tigress
Shocking number of animals dying at Kiev Zoo

There's an awful lot of sadness at the zoo:


DALE DRINNON: Chupacabras continued