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, April 09, 2011

ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

Jon has asked me to provide a quick digest of news from the CFZ outposts in Australia and the USA. I will try to do this on a daily basis, but to get started, here are some stories from the last seven days...

From CFZ Australia:

It's out! The CFZ Yearbook 2011 New from CFZ Press
Sumatra's Short Man of the Forest

From Crypto Squad USA:

CFZ: The 2011 Yearbook Has Arrived! (I know, but it doesn't hurt to mention it again)

From Nick Redfern's blog:


Beachcombing is returning with some relief to familiar territory after the Shakespeare wars of the last couple of days. The subject: unicorns and the earliest human accounts of these mysterious creatures.

In the Indus Valley about 3000 BC a series of seals were created that portray an animal with one horn: they predate the mention of unicorns in the Bible by perhaps two thousand years (or more if as seems likely the Biblical unicorn is based on a mistranslation). Read on

GLEN VAUDREY: Trail Cameras for Sumatra Part 4

Another advantage of the trail cam is that it is small enough to be well hidden, so well hidden that a passing animal may not even know it’s being spied upon. Once again Trevor will demonstrate this ability, cunningly hidden in the undergrowth he can take plenty of pictures of animals going about their lives, and who knows what surprising things he could spy.

Today it looks like he has found a Yeti drinking tea from a cup; well you never would have expected that.

Many thanks to those who have so far donated, your contributions are very welcome and much appreciated. Don’t despair if you haven’t yet donated, or if you wish to contact me about the trail cams, the campaign still has many more weeks to run.

Just to recap, to sponsor a trail cam will cost £100. If that seems a little steep why not get a group together to sponsor one of these trail cams, a group of five will pay just £20 each. Sponsors will get an update on any pictures and when something exciting is spotted your name will go up in lights alongside the photo.

Don’t despair if you miss out on Trevor, he has plenty of friends who also need help in breaking free.

Your sponsorship will pay for the release and upkeep of Trevor and kin, but sadly you will have no rights to take him home.

Now doesn’t that sound like a good deal? Armchair cryptozoology at its best. All the fun of an expedition without being bitten by scary tropical insects.

If you like the sound of this then please get in touch, we would love to hear from you.

For further information you can contact me at glen@cfz.org.uk or tel 0161 777 6586.

Donations can be made via PayPal to Trailcams@CFZ.org.uk


Three-Toed Print

This three-toed footprint was found between Chama and Dulce in New Mexico on October 26, 2010. We also saw a bright glowing light moving strangely in the sky to the West, most evenings, but we regrettably did not get any pictures.

--Randy randy.rockey@gmail.com

(This story is courtesy Rick at ParanormalBuffalo. Thanks dude)

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1953 the first 3D film by a major studio, House of Wax, was premièred.