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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Friday, December 28, 2012




In an article for the first edition of Cryptozoology Bernard Heuvelmans wrote that cryptozoology is the study of 'unexpected animals' and following on from that perfectly reasonable assertion, it seems to us that whereas the study of out of place birds may not have the glamour of the hunt for bigfoot or lake monsters, it is still a perfectly valid area for the Fortean zoologist to be interested in. So, after about six months of regular postings on the main bloggo, Corinna has taken the plunge and started a 'Watcher of the Skies' blog of her own as part of the CFZ Bloggo Network.

DALE DRINNON: Zimbabwe monster, Cedar & Willow, Benny's Blogs

New at Frontiers of Zoology:
New at Cedar and Willow:
New at Benny's Blog for Thelma Todd:
New at Benny's Blog, the Ominous Octopus Omnibus:


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 by us in some way, so we should have a go at publishing a regular round-up of the stories as they come in. In September 2012 Emma Osborne decided that the Mystery Cat Study Group really deserved a blog of its own within the CFZ Blog Network.

  • NEWSLINK: The puzzling extinction of the sabre-too...
  • NEWSLINK: Tigers roar back: Good news for big cats...

    I have to admit that I am very much enjoying doing as little as possible this week. I don't usually get the opportunity, and I am relishing it a lot.

    An interview with out favourite poet - no, not Keats; Texas Thom!
    It is always good to have an excuse to play this song by Eric Burdon, so I have made it the Gonzo track of the day
    The last portion of Christmas music for this year is from Helen McCookerybook
    Listen to this podcast featuring Michael Des Barres
    *  The Gonzo Daily is a two-way process. If you have any news or want to write for us, please contact me at jon@eclipse.co.uk. If you are an artist and want to showcase your work, or even just say hello, please write to me at gonzo@cfz.org.uk. Please copy, paste and spread the word about this magazine as widely as possible. We need people to read us in order to grow, and as soon as it is viable we shall be invading more traditional magaziney areas. Join in the fun, spread the word, and maybe if we all chant loud enough we CAN stop it raining. See you tomorrow...

    *  The Gonzo Daily is - as the name implies - a daily online magazine (mostly) about artists connected to the Gonzo Multimedia group of companies. But it also has other stuff as and when the editor feels like it. The same team also do a weekly newsletter called - imaginatively - The Gonzo Weekly. Find out about it at this link: http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/11/all-gonzo-news-wots-fit-to-print.html
    *  Jon Downes, the editor of all these ventures, is an old hippy of 53 who - together with his orange cat - puts it all together from a converted potato shed in a tumbledown cottage deep in rural Devon. He is ably assisted by his lovely wife Corinna, his bulldog/boxer Prudence, his mother-in-law and a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus... did we mention the orange cat?

    OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

    Yesterday’s News Today

    On this day in 1795 construction began on Yonge street in what would become Toronto, Canada. Yonge Street was, and by some estimates still is, the longest street in the world and was formally recognised as such in the Guinness book of Records.
    And now the news:

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  • Bumblebees Do Best Where There Is Less Pavement an...
  • Orientation of migrating leatherback turtles in re...
  • Two new lizard species discovered in Australia
  • Revealed: Rudolph Really Did Have a Red Nose
  • Tigers Roar Back: Great News for Big Cats in Key A...
  • Polar bear trade ban divides campaigners
  • Erratic Environment May Be Key to Human Evolution

  • Robert “Philip Marlowe” Mitchum sings The Ballad of Thunder Road (on a related note, Mitchum's version of Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep is vastly superior to the Bogart and Bacall one and you all should watch it; it's free on Love Film and probably the inferior Netflix too):