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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, August 24, 2011

RSPB UK Overseas Territories appeal update

I'm writing to update you on our UK Overseas Territories appeal.

We're delighted to have so far raised £280,000 in donations and had 15,000 pledges from people like you. This means we're getting close to our target of £527,640 to take care of rockhopper penguins and the other species in our UK Overseas Territories for the next few years.

I'm also pleased to tell you that thanks to all this support, we're completing three island restoration projects with our international partners. This is the largest number of islands ever to be cleared of invasive species in one go, and will include a rat eradication programme on the UK's very own Henderson Island.

This is a great step forwards for our work to restore and conserve the precious wildlife living throughout the UK Overseas Territories. You can find out more about this voyage in our update, where you'll also find exclusive images of some of the wildlife of these islands, which you can download for free!

There is still time to donate to this appeal if you can. We realise that this is a difficult time for many people to donate to charity and every donation is greatly appreciated. A donation of £11, or whatever you can afford, will help us continue our fight for these unique and extraordinary islands.

You can also show your support by adding your name to our pledge. We're asking the UK Government to do its bit to protect these beautiful and precious islands.

Thanks to the support of people like you, we're a step closer to protecting these places and saving their unique wildlife.

Best wishes,

Clare Stringer
RSPB International Department


WEIRD WEEKEND 2011: Jonathan McGowan discusses evidence for Big Cats in the UK (A short film by Gavin Lloyd Wilson)



Jonathan McGowan, naturalist, taxidermist and alien big cat researcher, discusses and shows evidence for big cats in the UK at the Centre for Fortean Zoology (CFZ) Weird Weekend 2011, filmed in Woolsery on Saturday 20 August 2011.

WEIRD WEEKEND 2011: The `Orgone Accumulator` video


A new abberation of the purple emperor

PRUDENCE UPDATE


Corinna and Graham collected Prudence from the vet late yesterday afternoon.

The operation seems to have gone quite well but the poor little girl is feeling very sorry for herself as you can see from this photograph.

She will be confined to the kitchenand the sitting room (under supervision) for the next month or so and Corinna and I will probably spend much of that time sleeping downstairs to keep her company. She has to be kept as immobile as possible to give the bone time to heal and to make sure she doesn't break her new artificial ligament, because that would be a disaster.

We would like to thank North Devon Animal Ambulance in their kindness in covering the cost of the operation. We made a donation to them out of CFZ funds.

Keep her in your prayers and thoughts, and if you feel like lighting a candle to St Francis on her behalf it can do no possible harm. Others of you might feel like having a quick few words with Pan or whichever other goat-legged fellow of the woods seems appropriate.

HAUNTED SKIES: WW2011


http://hauntedskies.blogspot.com/2011/08/weird-weekend-2010-under-construction.html

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

http://cryptozoologynews.blogspot.com/

On this day in 1835 what became known as 'the great moon hoax' was first published by the New York Sun.
And now the news:

Ancient 'Daddy Long Legs' Revealed in 3-D Models
Ancient Wild Horses Help Unlock Past
Iberian lynx 'not doomed' by low genetic diversity...
Wetland birds being frozen out of Britain
Count of rare Australian cockatoo reveals 2,000-st...
Critically Endangered Ploughshare tortoises rescue...
Females Can Place Limits On Evolution of Attractiv...
Lake Erie Watersnake to be removed from endangered...
International Trade Restrictions Sought to End Uns...
International Trade Restrictions Sought to End Uns...
Walruses forsaking sea ice for sand

Jim Carrey attempts to sing 'I am the walrus'... Somebody stop him:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MoWQSe3txY

CFZ "PEOPLE": Pru (Update)


We spoke to the vet last night and again this morning. The operation went well and there seems no reason at all why she won't be back here by this evening.

CFZ PEOPLE: David Braund-Phillips (Update)

David telephoned last night. His first day at his new job seemed to go very well....

VARIOUS POSTS FROM DALE

CFZ reprint on Frontiers of Zoology, because it fits:
http://frontiersofzoology.blogspot.com/2011/08/cfz-repost-sisiutl-sisutl-is-euuryapsid.html

And on Frontiers of Anthropology:

http://frontiers-of-anthropology.blogspot..com/2011/08/sunken-forerunners-of-asias-ancient.html

http://frontiers-of-anthropology.blogspot.com/2011/08/professor-claude-schaeffer-and.html

http://frontiers-of-anthropology.blogspot.com/2011/08/youngest-dryas-age-vulcanism-in-central.html

http://frontiers-of-anthropology.blogspot.com/2011/08/fomorian-giants-adenas-and-giants-of.html

KARL SHUKER'S ECLECTARIUM LAUNCHES WITH A BANG AND FOUR CRACKING ARTICLES

THE YELLOW MONSTER OF SUNDRA STRAIT – A SECOND EXCLUSIVE FROM ‘STRANGER THAN PEOPLE’


KLUMPOK - IT REALLY WAS STRANGER THAN PEOPLE!!


STRANGE LANDS - A MAGICAL BOOK, IN EVERY SENSE!


TALOS – THE FIRST ROBOT?


DOUG SHOOP: I captured the elusive Sunflower frog today in our garden.