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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Saturday, August 13, 2011


I have no wish to censor comments except for those which are blatant spam, but I would like to stress that comments must remain polite. Personal insults, and attacks on other blog readers will not be posted. I want to stress this before we end up descending into another period of unpleasantness.



Carl Marshall writes:


As a fellow lover of Lepidoptera I thought I would send you these images. This magnificent creature is called Citheronia regalis or the Hickory Horned Devil and is the largest north American species, and it emerges into the Regal Moth.

As far a I know it doesn't have any Cryptozoological significance and I am sure you have seen them before but you cant deny they are truly spectacular and well worthy of a "butchers". I personally believe the actual moth is relatively mundane compared to its larval form. Looking forward to the WW.
Regards Carl.

Only a week to go

With only a week to go, I am at the "why the bloody hell do I ever organise a conference?" stage, but as this happens to me every year I don't suppose that there is anything to worry about. All sorts of things have gone wrong, but we have fixed them all, or at leased sorted out work-arounds, and the fact that Dave and Jess returned to Devon on wednesday has lifted my spirits no end.

See you next weekend...

ARCHIVING PROJECT: General Forteana Part 49

As you know, Oll has been working on the archiving project since early February 2009 and he is now working on a general mish-mash of a section known as `General Forteana`.

This 49th collection once again really is completely uncategoriseable stuff mostly from 1995, including a green cat from Denmark, a bogus gynacologist, an unethical jumbo jet pilot, and lots more. Good stuff.


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HAUNTED SKIES: FROM THE ARCHIVES - UFO articles from 'Popular Mechanics' - Secret CIA UFO Files 00.11.97


OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1984 J.B. Priestley died. Priestly was an author and play-write perhaps best known these days for his play 'An Inspector Calls' where a middle class family, each in some way responsible for driving a young working class lady to suicide are interrogated by a police inspector who is not quite what he seems...
And now the news:

Fears Grow Over Ravenous Coyotes On L.I.
Deadly black widow spiders found in Barton-upon-Hu...
Abused baby boobies grow up to abuse other chicks
Hyraxes: why Israel's 'rock rabbits' have become p...
Twin kangaroos
'Supergene' is key to copycat butterflies
Trove of wild skins and skulls seized in Australia...
30 more red kites arrive in Lake District

Some really quite astounding film of red kites swooping down to feed:

NIGEL WRIGHT SENT ME THIS: Naomi do not read

Monday morning August 8th, 2011, I was contacted by rancher Miller from Trinidad, Colorado. He informed me that one of his cows had been mutilated over the past weekend. I had investigated one of his previous mutilated cows back on March of 2009. This rancher has had three separate mutilation cases.

The following are my notes from my field investigation.