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, October 09, 2011


My appeal for volunteers during the keynote speech at this year's Weird Weekend was answered by an enthusiastic young couple Tim and Graidi Taylor-Rose. Every other sunday they wind their way to Woolsery and do CFZstuff that has been long overdue to be done. You will be hearing a lot more from them in the very near future.

HAUNTED SKIES: Various cuttings from October 1968


OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1957 a fire started in the nuclear reactors of Windscale in Cumbria. Thanks mainly due to differences in design between the UK reactors and the reactors used by the rest of the world most of the radioactive material was contained and there wasn’t a huge explosion like in Chernobyl. These days though everyone uses the more dangerous design because it’s cheaper, capitalism in action, eh.
And now the news:

Elephant causes safari park traffic jam after taki...
A New Species of 'Gigantic' Mollusc Has Been Disco...
Blue whales at risk off LA Harbor
Large Field of Dinosaur Tracks Uncovered in Southw...
111 pangolins seized on a boat off Sumatra

Close enough:

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