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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Wednesday, June 01, 2011

CFZ PEOPLE: Corinna explains how Jon is responsible for breaking the washing machine, although he didn't touch it



Exposed, Uncovered, and Declassified: Ghosts, Spirits, & Hauntings, Am I Being Haunted? is a soon-to-be-published collection of writings that includes a chapter from me on spectral animals - some of a distinctly cryptozoological nature. For more information, click right here!



1. Haunted Skies Volume Two by John Hanson and Dawn Holloway (3)
2. Haunted Skies Volume One by John Hanson and Dawn Holloway (1)
3. Monstrum - A Wizard's Tale by Tony `Doc` Shiels (-)
4. Dark Dorset - Calendar Customs by Robert Newland (-)
5=. The Owlman and Others by Jonathan Downes (3)
5=. Tetrapod Zoology Book One by Darren Naish (8)
7=. Big Bird by Ken Gerhard (6)
7=. Monster! by Neil Arnold (7)
7=. Big Cats Loose in Britain by Marcus Matthews (-)
7=. Alien Zoo by Dr Karl Shuker (-)


1. The Inhumanoids by Bart Nunnelly (-)
2=. The Great Yokai Encyclopaedia by Richard Freeman (2)
2=. Monstrum! - A Wizard's Tale by Tony `Doc` Shiels (2)
4=. Big Bird by Ken Gerhard (8)
4=. The CFZ Yearbook 2011 (1)
6=. The Monsters of Texas by Ken Gerhard and Nick Redfern (5)
6=. I Fort the Lore by Paul Screeton (-)
8. Monster! by Neil Arnold (8)
9=. Haunted Skies Volume Two by John Hanson and Dawn Holloway (3)
9=. Haunted Skies Volume One by John Hanson and Dawn Holloway (1)

Last month's positions in this pinky colour, which I think is called cerise. May was once again a spectacularly weird (and rather disappointing) month, especially in the UK, because of the ongoing problems with amazon.co.uk. New books sold practically nothing in the UK, whereas they did very well in the USA. I will be repromoting them now to see what happens. Let's hope it is sorted soon. On a brighter note, there will be new charts for Australia and Canada sometime this summer. I will keep you posted.

CRYPTOZOOLOGY ONLINE: On The Track (Of Unknown Animals) Episode 46

The latest episode of our monthly webTV show from the CFZ and CFZtv, bringing you the latest cryptozoological, and monster hunting news from around the world.

This episode brings you:

CFZ in summer
Fixing the roof
Blackbird rescue
Baby blackbird
Xenotoca Eiseni
Brooklyn sturgeon
Montauk monster
Weird Weekend
New Books
Roman pond crocodile revisited
Pike experiment
Corinna looks at out of place birds
New and Rediscovered: New bat
New and Rediscovered: Rediscovered rodent
New and Rediscovered: Ridiculously rare toad

HAUNTED SKIES: Rare source material from Andover, 1967


OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1835 P.T. Barnum and his performers went on their first national tour of the united states.
And now the news:

Smelly chemicals confuse mosquitoes
Acid oceans turn 'Finding Nemo' fish deaf



Some complications that come into play when discussing Bigfoot and similar creatures just posted at the Frontiers of Zoology Blog:
The first one dealing with the possibility of surviving short-faced bears in North and South America (and Kamchitka)
And the second a reprint of a CFZ blog added here because in parts of South America the same name is used for both creatures:
And special thanks go out to Karl Shuker, who told me how to fix the Blog.
Best Wishes, Dale D.

TOBY THE CFZ DOG (1985-2000)

Eleven years ago, on June 1st, Toby CFZ doggie Mk1 went to meet his maker. Not a day goes by when I don't miss him, and every June 1st I remember him on the bloggo.


July 2009, L-R: Graham Inglis, Jon Downes, Corinna Downes, Richard Freeman,
Lady Henrietta Rous, James Hore-Ruthven

James, a long-time friend of both the Downes family and the CFZ, has died. Our sympathies are with Henrietta and the rest of his family. His funeral will be at 2:00pm on June 10th at Clovelly church. Goodbye, old friend