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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Monday, February 27, 2012

BIG CAT NEWS: Wiltshire and Cheshire

The hunt for British Big Cats attracts far more newspaper column inches than any other cryptozoological subject.

There are so many of them now that we feel that they should be archived in some way by us, so we should have a go at publishing a regular round-up of the stories as they come in.

It takes a long time to do, and is a fairly tedious task, so I am not promising that they will be done each day, but I will do them as regularly as I can. JD

Big cat spotted in Chelworth
Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard

“It wasn't enormous but it was certainly bigger than a usual cat and it didn't walk like one either – it was quite a determined stride. Mrs Lawes added the beast didn't seem to be on the hunt. “We've all got pets, and my neighbours have got chickens ...

Two more sightings today, one in Wiltshire and one in Cheshire..

Have you spotted the Birchwood big cat?

This Is Cheshire

The pair said they were 'gobsmacked' when the cat, which was the size of a labrador, climbed up a tree before leaping down 15 minutes later. It is the second big cat sighting in the Gorse Covert mounds area. Bernadette said: “I'm going to pursue this ...

ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

News and stories from the remoter fringes of the CFZ blogosphere...

From Nick Redfern's "There's Something in the Woods...":
From CFZ Australia:

HAUNTED SKIES: Daily Mirror 10.9.65

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1978 Fortean and Sci-Fi writer Eric Frank Russell died.

And now the news:

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Zimbabwe Tortoises Eaten By Chinese Tourists via H...
Rainforest Science: Researcher Licks Frogs to Tell...
Stone Age pebble may be oldest engraving ever
Snapping Turtles in Canada facing triple threat (v...
Can a whale's nose lead it to food?
Killer bees kill mother of 8 in Guyana
Key to Growth Differences Between Species
Rat danger for rare bird filmed
Snakes use sponge action to drink. (via Herp Diges...
Bird Brains Follow the Beat

A reading of Eric Frank Russell's short story “Sole Solution”:



"Something I couldn't explain from my vacation in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado. This ia all I could get on my camera. I thought it was a bear then a very large man

DALE DRINNON: Mound builders and moas

New on the Frontiers of Anthropology, a long and involved posting that took a lot out of me:

With some rather surprising results about skulls from Brazilian Shellmounds. Incidentally, the initial notices did say that the lowest levels showed evidence for a catastrophic sea wave, so I'm still also holding them to that statement. These mounds run for nearly the entire Atlantic seaboard of Brazil.

New on Frontiers of Zoology, a note about a peculiar situation in George Eberhart's Mysterious Creatures, our standard reference for Unknown Animals:

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