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, June 07, 2011


I think that the computer issues are finally sorted. Between them Dave B-P and Graham managed to sort out the weird issues that remained, and Oll and I finally got the e-mails operational. So now all we have to do, is to catch up with lost time. We are the best part of a week behind schedule, but I hope that we will soon make that back...

ROBERT SCHNECK: Escaped Tigger

I have always felt most comfortable among the Chinese. Part of it is, I think, their genius for unselfconscious surrealism.

Chengdu Zoo rehearses escaped tiger response June 2nd, Sichuan Chengdu Zoo, a tranquilized tiger being carried away by workers, as a caged Chinese tiger watches through the glass. That day, the Chengdu Zoo conducted a escaped dangerous animal training drill/exercise. The training exercise simulated 2 Siberian Tigers escaping from their cages, with zoo workers working together with forestry police conducting an emergency response.

HAUNTED SKIES: Frank Marshall of BUFORA and the BUFORA conference details


OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day 1949 George Orwell's novel 1984 was first published.
And now the news, expertly compiled by Gavin Wilson:

Birch Mouse Ancestor Discovered in Inner Mongolia ...
Fossil of Giant Ancient Sea Predator Discovered
Giant water bug photographed devouring baby turtle...
Parakeets guilty of intimidating garden birds - st...

A parrot singing James Brown songs; it doesn't get better than this, folks: