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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Tuesday, April 10, 2012


DALE DRINNON: Eastern bigfoot, Younger Dryas and Thelma Todd

New on the Frontiers of Zoology:

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1979 insane Ugandan dictator Idi Amin was deposed. As well as being a paranoid mass murderer of his own people Amin had a few 'issues' as evidenced by his self-bestowed full title: His Excellency, President for Life, Field Marshal Al Hadji Doctor Idi Amin Dada, VC, DSO, MC, Lord of All the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Seas and Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and Uganda in Particular and uncrowned king of Scotland.

And now the news:

New agreement protects 80,000 acres of Guatemala f...
Pet Alligator Seized From Home With Infant, Dog In...
Incisive Research Links Teeth With Diet
Leucistic Common Reedbuck in South Africa's Isiman...
Long-Term Studies Detect Effects of Disappearing S...
Police broke into car to save toy dog
World's first stairlift for overweight dogs
Bird hunting threatens ecological balance
Vulture ‘restaurants’ draw rare bird back
The Acid Test: Armor-Covered Plankton Adapt to War...

Amin was also an obsessive fan of Captain Beaky and his band :


HAUNTED SKIES:Times (The) 20.1.66

Today on the Gonzo Blog

Today is a bright and cheerful one on the Gonzo Blog. Not only have my two new Bengalese finches settled in to their new aviary, but we have a whole bucketload of interesting and edifying stories for you all:

First up: Gonzo have released another DVD in their Lost Broadcast series. This one features the legendary John Mayall, and so we not only bring you an exclusive slice of the action - Mayall and his chums playing "I'm gonna fight for you JB", but we asked our mentor in all things blueslike, Michael Des Barres to share his memories of Mayall back in the day:

Mimi Page has some great news:

A link to an insightful review of the Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman live album:

A couple of links to European reviews of the Wally album (one with a delightful turn of phrase):

CFZ PEOPLE: Tim and Graidi Taylor-Rose (plus Junior)

Many congratulations to Tim and Graidi, CFZ volunteers. Not only is Graidi pregnant (I've known this since Christmas but have been sworn to secrecy) but we have piccies of the little chap. Yes, HE is a little CHAP!

There is only one problem. Guess what date Taylor-Rose Junior is set to come into the world? Yup. The Weird Weekend. wE WILL BRING YOU UPDATES AS WE GET THEM.


Back in the early 1970s, when still a child, I read with great interest that Colchester Zoo in Essex had on display a remarkable creature known as a zonkey or zebronkey – a hybrid of zebra and donkey. Sadly, however, even though my parents took me to numerous zoos all over Britain during my childhood and teenage years, somehow we never did visit Colchester's, and as there were no such hybrids anywhere else in the country at that time, this meant that I never did see one of these fascinating animals.

Read on...