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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Monday, August 15, 2011

DALE DRINNON: Oriental Dragon Boats

The next Frontiers of Zoology blog posting is out on the Oriental Dragon boats this time:


And the one to follow that is already prepared, and it shall have to do with Orang Pendek.


Prudence (pictured here with Jessica trying to put a Victorian bonnet on her head) is unwell. Some weeks ago we told you that she had become lame and that the vet was hoping that her cruciate ligament would repair itself.

Well, it hasn't.

She is now very lame and will have to have an operation soon after the Weird Weekend.

Remember her in your thoughts and prayers.

CFZ PEOPLE: Ronan Coghlan

How could we have forgotten? Yesterday was Ronan's birthday....

Many Happy Returns old chap.

ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

From Nick Redfern's "There's Something in the Woods...":
Nick's Fortean Pic(s) of the Day

From CFZ Australia:
Terra Australis boasted griffins, reindeer and sea monsters

From CFZ Canada:
PSICAN Crypto Day: Lessons Learned

WEIRD WEEKEND 2011: Calling all campers

If you are intending to camp at the Community Centre, can you please come to the CFZ first and register with Graham! Give him a fiver and collect your permit....

HAUNTED SKIES: UFO articles from 'Popular Mechanics' - The New Area 51 00.06.97


OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1938 the American blues musician Robert Johnson died at age 27. There were claims, even by Johnson himself although he might not have meant it literally, that he made a deal with the devil at a crossroads to become a great musician, and he is considered by some to be the 'founding member' of the 27 club (a reference to the seemingly large number of musicians that died at the age of 27).
And now the news:

Malaria claiming more British birds
Chimps like to help others, study finds
Brown Hairstreak butterfly recovering – Report you...
First leopard spotted on newly created wildlife re...
‘Tame’ rhino butchered in Laikipia
Increased cougar sightings in Allen Co. (via Chad ...
Shell Tries to Control North Sea Oil Leak

Time for some Tull: