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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Friday, June 17, 2011

ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

From Nick Redfern's "There's Something in the Woods...":
The PA UFO-Bigfoot Conference

From CFZ Australia:
Monster crocodilian caught in NT
Meet the Cryptozoologist: Richard Freeman
Feral leopard trapped in Australia
Australian carnivorous 'Spinosaur' under spotlight

From CFZ Canada:
Flying bear kills two Canadians in freak accident


Nick Sucik recently put together a multimedia news investigation story after hearing about a strange animal attacking livestock on the Navajo Nation (AZ):


MATTHEW WILLIAMS: Save the saddest dolphins

The pod was swimming peacefully in the Solomon Islands when nets closed in from behind -- trapping 25 wild dolphins for a luxury resort's latest exhibit. They are now locked in tiny pens, starved of food -- but we can free them.


HAUNTED SKIES: A Tyneside UFO from 1967


OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

Yesterday’s News Today

On this day in 1945 Lord Haw-Haw was charged with treason.
And now the news:

Rare Chinese reptile discovered in bin
Is this what they mean by the ugly tree? (Via Dawn...
Grand Rapids audience shows support for wolf delis...
Minnesota research project focuses on saving tiny ...
Are More Mountain Lions Roaming Greenwich Or Are R...
Oh, No! "Most Convincing Evidence of Bigfoot" News...

Nothing to do with Bigfoot but this is a great video that I just had to share:


I received an e-mail late last night from Lars Thomas.

Hi Guys,Finally we have the results of the DNA analysis of the antler samples from India. It has taken an awful lot of time, but we do need to check and recheck and check again - and earn a living every now and then :-).

Unfortunately there was no new species in there after all...

The antlers turned out to be from a Sambhur (Sambar) deer -(Rusa unicolor) presumably a juvenile - because although the antlers of an adult resemble those of a fallow deer, the antlers of the juvenile surprised me greatly by looking like those of a muntjac.

It is mildly disappointing but our job is to find out the truth, and not purely to look for cryptids, and we have found the truth.

Richard Freeman and I would like to thank Tom Gilbert and his team for all their painstaking work. And as I often do, I am going to take refuge in the words of Rudyard Kipling:

As the dawn was breaking the Sambhur belled --
Once, twice and again!
And a doe leaped up, and a doe leaped up
From the pond in the wood where the wild deer sup.
This I, scouting alone, beheld,
Once, twice, and again!