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, June 06, 2012


Whilst the focus of the CFZ Mystery Cat study group is predominantly the search for proof of the British big cats, it would be unrealistic to forget that this is only part of a global mystery cat phenomenon.

Here are a selection of mystery cat stories from around the world:

'Carrabelle Cat' par for the course?Apalachicola Times
A worker at a local golf course believes he spotted a big cat on the green. Back in 2009, another Carrabelle man first -stirred controversy when he posted a video, that he alleged was of a large black cat, photographed in Tate's Hell, on the internet.

'Cougar Team' springs into action
Toledo Blade
The job seems difficult enough as it is -- examining grainy photos of animal tracks, reviewing often wild-eyed personal accounts of close encounters, and even sorting through piles of scat -- all while attempting to determine if a big cat is present or ...

Mountain lion spotted Wednesday in Arcata

The mountain lion was lying in the caller's yard at about 8:45 pm, but when officers responded, the big cat ran into the nearby forest, according to the Arcata Police Department. The mountain lion was not acting in a threatening manner, according to ...

PHOTOS: Mountain lion roaming in Morrison

Jefferson County Sheriff was called to keep an eye on the big cat. (PHOTO CREDIT: Paul Jacobson) MORRISON - Around 9:30 am on Friday, a mountain lion was spotted in a tree in Morrison, Colorado. Jefferson County Sheriff was called to keep an eye on the ...

On the trail of the big cat
Courier Tribune, Asheboro

“Somebody in Denton had a deer camera set up and had pics of a big cat and ... “ Maybe the big cat will eat the big snake that has been lying across my back ...

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