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 22, 2011


I see that the 2012 conference of the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts has the theme 'The Monstrous Fantastic.' It will be interesting to see if any cryptozoological subjects in fiction are discussed at next year's conference.

More details:http://iafa.highpoint.edu/annual-conference/
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Lifeline for countryside wildlife under threat!

Dear Supporter

The RSPB has learned that funding for wildlife-friendly farming could be scrapped as part of the upcoming European Budget. If this happens many of the UK’s most threatened farmland birds will face an even more uncertain future, possibly even extinction.

The funding under threat rewards farmers for working in ways that benefit wildlife and the environment – including encouraging birds to live and breed on their land. Scrapping it will remove the lifeline on which many of our most-loved species depend and will risk decades of effort, which has already helped save many species from the brink.

Our countryside has faced many threats, but this would be really savage: we’re staggered. Rewarding farmers for protecting threatened wildlife has provided a lifeline to many sensitive species, which would otherwise have ebbed away. If the EU continues with this plan, there is no doubt that wildlife will suffer, with the possible ultimate UK extinction of some threatened species, including the turtle dove and cirl bunting.

This proposal is being considered by the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso. We are all European taxpayers and right now we have an opportunity to tell him that we want our money spent in ways that help create a countryside rich in wildlife.

Please step up and call on President Barroso to save this vital lifeline for wildlife!

Take part in our quick and easy online action to send President Barroso an e-mail. We only have until 29 June to make our voices heard!

Thank you very much for your support.

Yours sincerely

Martin Harper
Conservation Director

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"Thylacine" on the album "The Opium Wars or Love in Lieu of Laudanum" (2009) by Joy Shannon and the Beauty Marks. Joy's love song to the extinct marsupial wolf.
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HAUNTED SKIES: A meeting with Roger Willey...

... who back in 1967 saw the 'flying cross' UFO in the skies over Devon...

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OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


Once again Oliver is absent, this time at a funeral, but he left us some fascinating facts, such as
that on this day in 1912 Alan Turing was born. Turing helped to win World War 2 for the British by inventing the electronic computer to decode the German enigma codes. He was 'rewarded' with chemical castration, which led to him to commit suicide with a poisoned apple.

In 2009 Prime Minister Gordon Brown issued an official apology for Turing's treatment.

And now the news:

Earliest mammoth image
Solving mysterious animal deaths
T. rex's arms helped them stand up
No cull of Welsh badgers
Cat steals from everyone in neighbourhood
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GLEN VAUDREY: Trail Cameras for Sumatra Part 7

Like all good things this trail-cam funding campaign is coming to an end: the final day for donations will be 30 June 2011.

Many thanks to those who have so far donated; your contributions are very welcome and much appreciated. If you haven’t yet donated but want to there is still a bit of time left.

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? 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

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

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