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, September 28, 2011

Butterfly-watching Holidays

Butterfly-watching Holidays

  • small groups, relaxed pace, perfect for butterfly photographers
  • learnaboutbutterflies.com is a constantly expanding website, recognised internationally as the most complete and authoritative on-line resource dealing with Lepidoptera worldwide.
  • It aims to promote the conservation of butterflies, moths and their habitats; to illustrate a representative selection of the world's 18,000 butterfly species, and to provide detailed, accurate information about all aspects of the lives of these beautiful and fascinating creatures.

    Dear friends

    learnaboutbutterflies has just published our butterfly-watching tour programme for 2012.

    Full details of available tours can be found on the website http://www.learnaboutbutterflies.com/

    We are offering 3 tours for 2012 :

    departing 8th July 2012 - ground cost £1595
    Central Peru
    departing 31st July 2012 - ground cost £2795

    Peru Manu
    departing 15th August - ground cost £3135

    If you would like further details of any of these tours please don't hesitate to ask.

    Tours tend to fill very quickly, so if you want to be sure of a place please reserve as soon as possible.

    I look forward to meeting you and showing you some of the worlds best butterfly-watching regions in 2012.

    Best wishes

    Adrian Hoskins

    Sadly, there were no images of the orang pendek on the CFZ trailcams. We did, however, get some stunning views of the Sumatran jungle.

    The trailcams will be redeployed locally in a day or so. Initially to try and get some pictures of the deer in Walland Farm home woods, and then to a wood in Hartland where there have been recent sightings of a black big cat.

    RETURN OF THE WHITE HART (Courtesy of Richard Muirhead)

    HAUNTED SKIES: Cleveland Ohio 8.12.53


    OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


    On this day in 2010 Tony Curtis died.
    And now the news:

    Thumper the giant bunny taken into care after she'...
    Political party enters a donkey to run for mayor i...
    Back from the brink: endangered species successes
    Shrike 'could recolonise' UK after Dartmoor breedi...
    Multi-hook lines ‘kill 300,000 birds a year’
    Cheetah to be reintroduced into India
    White possum in California
    Meet the world's oldest two-faced cat

    And Curtis' best film was:

    KARL SHUKER: Janus cats on Shukernature

    Here's an updated version of my ShukerNature blog post on Frank & Louie and other Janus cats:


    TERATOLOGY: Karl Shuker's Janus Cat

    Karl Shuker hits the news headlines with Frank & Louie - the record-breaking, longest-surviving Janus cat: