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, June 04, 2012

CARL MARSHALL: Patriotic ants at Stratford Butterfly Farm


ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

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

From Nick Redfern's World of Whatever:
From CFZ Australia:

DALE DRINNON: Bigfoot and Tyler Stone

Just posted at Frontiers of Zoology:

And Tyler Stone has also just posted at The New Zoology:http://cryptoanimals.blogspot.com/2012/06/many-varieties-of-mystery-primate.html


Good Morning, and for those in the UK, and anywhere else that used to be a splodge of pink on the map, I hope you have a happy Jubilee day. For those of you interested in such things there are a couple of Jubilee-related items over on the CFZ blog, including me singing new crypto-related lyrics to THAT Sex Pistols song:

We also have the long awaited pre-order links for the special CD/DVD edition of Michael Des Barres' forthcoming album 'Carnaby Street':

We have a story about Rick Wakeman:

And it seems that the Auburn juggernaut is slowly gathering momentum, and that my ongoing quest to have Liz Lenten declared not only a massively talented singer/songwriter, but Empress of the entire Universe, is well underway:

We have a link to an insightful review of Merrell Fankhauser:

And finally, we have another video clip of the mighty Wally doing their own initable thing. What a band!

HAUNTED SKIES: 1976 letter to Peter Paget

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1910 the American author O. Henry died. Many of O. Henry's stories were so popular variations of them have now entered the public conscious as modern day folk stories or friend of a friend tales. For example I bet you're familiar with the plot of 'The gift of the Magi' even if you've never read the story of knew it existed before now: A man and women buy each other Christmas presents but are almost penniless, so the woman sells her long beautiful hair to get a chain for the man's watch as a gift meanwhile the man sells his watch to be able to afford a fancy comb for the woman. They meet up later to give each other their gifts, which are now worthless.

And now the news:

A recording of O. Henry's voice (the idea of celebrities recording their voices for prosperity like this was very popular in the early days of sound recording, P.T. Barnum has one of these too if you fancy googling it) :


THYLACINE RESEARCH UNIT: I've not heard of these people before



Regular readers will know that I have been fighting a gallant rearguard action for some years against the prevailing habit of calling the hairless blue dogs of Texas (and other parts of the United States) Chupacabras. They are nothing of the kind. And the Montauk Monster was a dead racoon! It is stuff like this that brings cryptozoology into much more disrepute than me having been drunk at a UFO conference ten years ago. Now someone agrees with me...

Hairless animals (that we conventionally think of as having hair) are weird looking. Hairless dead animals freak people the hell out.

Hairless monkeys? Sad.

Hairless humanoids (no matter how lame) make people panic.

Hairless coyotes, foxes, dogs, raccoons, yada, yada, yada? They are now called chupacabras.
There are perfectly natural reasons for why these pathetic animals are follically impaired. It’s not unnatural or mysterious and it’s not a reason to shoot them or think they sucked the blood out of your livestock. Why do the hairless dead engender our morbid fascination and disgust?

Read on...