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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Sunday, July 31, 2011


The following heart warming item appeared in The Guardian on July 28th 2011

Pet Goldfish found alive after earthquake

“Two goldfish left behind during the earthquake in Christchurch that killed 181 people in February, have been found alive after four and a half months trapped in their tank without food or power for their filter. The fish were on display in the reseption area of Quantum accountants in the downtown area, which was made off-limits after the quake. Company director Vicky Thornley, who has given them to her son, said she was sure they would be dead when she was finally allowed back into the building. The fact that three of their companions had disappeared may be a clue to their survival. (1)

1. The Guardian July 28th 2011

QUERY: Has anyone ever experienced a phobia about butterflies,or heard of one? I would be interested to know



OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1252 the explorer Giovanni da Pian del Carpine died.
And now the news:

How Bats Stay On Target Despite the Clutter
Rare sea creature and slimy surprise found in Corn...
First ospreys fledge at Cors Dyfi in over 400 year...
Boone Bans Animal Noises, Horns, Yelling
Joanna Lumley, Ricky Gervais and Sir Roger Moore j...
Another hunting safari operator identified as key ...
South Korean scientists create glowing dog: report...
'Vampire' stalks Siberian livestock
Pit bull puppy saves Air Force veteran from commit...
How to Invite Bats for Dinner

What is the point of his shenanigans:

NICK REDFERN: What happens if we find Bigfoot?

Just a few days ago I was lecturing in San Antonio, Texas, on the subject of my most recent book, The Real Men in Black. Although the lecture was primarily UFO-based, after it was over one of the attendees came up to me and asked: “What will happen if we find Bigfoot?”

Read on...
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It appears that the goblins of the internet scrambled the link in This Story yesterday. Many thanks to Dale for pointing it out. I have now fixed the link and everything should be hunky-dory.

You may remember this story about a charity auction by Circlemakers in aid of Sea Shepherd. Matthew Williams writes:

The Circlemakers auction had 30 bidders and raised £620 for Sea Shepherd selling 112 lots. A signed stomper board fetched £90 and the original diagram for the Basket fetched £26. Good news for Sea Shepherd and thanks to the Circlemakers who donated and all who passed on the info for the night.
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