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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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

From Nick Redfern's blog:

Ken and the Chupa: Ken Gerhard has a new post at the San Antonio Current that provides a good, solid overview of how the phenomenon of the Chupacabra came to be...

Neil's 5: Neil Arnold, author of many books, including Monster! and Mystery Animals of the British Isles: Kent, reveals his Fave Fortean Five...

STRANGE FISH BEHAVIOUR (Courtesy of Rick from ParanormalBuffalo)

Strange Fish Behavior

Masses of fish inexplicably crowded the coast of Acapulco on Friday, packed together so tightly they looked like a living oil slick from above. Some have attributed the mysterious event to changes in currents caused by the tsunami that followed the massive Japan quake. More photos and info at Mail Online.

JOHN HANSON: Nocturnal avian marauder?

I'm sending you this photo taken about a week ago (forget the surface dust on the roof; the marks were fresh). Could it have been a bird such as that an owl dragged its self across the top of the car? My daughter lives in a Birmingham suburb; no owls or birds there, but plenty of vultures!


That Legendary Wooden Lion and Slam.

Friday 22nd of July. 7PM. Bridgehouse2 Bidder Street Canning Town.

Tickets via paid guestlist. 5 pounds.

(contact dmcmann321@gmail.com to be listed and pay on the door).

A few tickets will be available on the door.

All profit goes to Celia Hammond Animal Trust.

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1796 the first Indian elephant arrived in the USA. Most Americans who saw it were apparently perturbed by the 'odd giraffe' and wanted to send it 'pachyderm' (do-you-see-what-I-did-there?).

And now, the news:

Llamas move fish to cooler waters in Lake District...
Morel Hunters Find Dog Left To Die In Cage
Penguins suffer as Antarctic krill declines

The BBC flying penguins hoax:



Most Texans are now familiar with the weird, dog-like ‘Chupacabras’ that have been turning up around the state over the past seven years; many are unaware that the affair had its origins just south of San Antonio in sleepy Elmendorf. Read on


We need your help for urgent action today. The historic budget deal between House and Senate Republicans and Democrats contains an outright attack on wildlife: a congressional removal of wolves from the endangered species list in Montana and Idaho -- and possibly elsewhere.

If the budget bill passes with this provision intact, it will be the first time in history that politics are allowed to trump science in removing a species from the endangered species list: Wolves would be ineligible to ever again receive federal protection within a vast region, even if their numbers plummeted toward zero. No court would have the authority to stop the ensuing slaughter.

We can't afford to let this happen. Please call and email your U.S. senators and request they sponsor an amendment to the budget to remove the wolf delisting rider -- and commit to voting against any final budget bill that retains this rider. Then, call the White House to request a veto of any budget that includes a rider allowing the extermination of wolves, and call for leadership with the Senate to nix this rider before the budget needs vetoing.

Visit http://action.biologicaldiversity.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=6508 to take action now.