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, December 18, 2011

HAUNTED SKIES: Times (The) 20.11.53

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1848 Emily Bronte, author of Wuthering Heights, died from tuberculosis thought to have been caught by drinking water contaminated from off from the local graveyard.

And now the news:

Madagascar Wildlife Facing Threat Of Illegal Hunti...
Warning as infectious salmon disease spreads from ...
Dozens of beluga whales trapped among Bering Sea i...
'Expand green cover to save rare species'
Rare robin breeding sites found
Official report confirms massive misuse of EU fish...
Tiger sanctuary being felled by paper giant
Crocodile left outside animal park
Killer Killer beast stalks Olympic Park as experts...

Obvious what song’s going to be featured in today’s video, isn’t it?

CFZ CANADA: Crypto-reindeer

The poem by Clement C. Moore A Visit from St Nicholas (also known as 'The Night Before Christmas' or 'T’wasthe Night Before Christmas') is usually credited for the Christmas lore that includes the eight flying reindeer. Whether Santa Claus is real is a matter of a belief system, but there are reindeer—they’re not mysterious or cryptozoological. Unless they really do fly. If they do that puts them in my world and this week before Christmas I get to work on reindeer!

Read on...

DALE DRINNON: New from the Frontiers of Anthropology

In which the author airs some of his eccentric pet theories:

CFZ PEOPLE: Mark North

Happy Birthday for yesterday dude