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, January 18, 2013

CFZ PEOPLE: Happy Birthday Naomi


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 Stochastic Scientist: Can broken tee...
  • NEWSLINK: The Peterborough panther! Cuddly toy spo...
  • NEWSLINK: A cat can look like a king – majestic Us...
  • SIGHTINGS TV: Big cat sighting in Irvine
  • UK SIGHTING: Panther-like creature seen stalking c...

    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: Plesiosaurs, Cedar & Willow, Benny's Blog

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

    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:


    "Pan! Io Pan!
    Io Pan! Io Pan! Come over the sea
    From Sicily and from Arcady!" for orange cat.

                                                Robert Schneck (After Aleister Crowley)


    We have a problem this morning. The water in the caecilian tank has turned pinkish. The animals therein appear to be OK, but this is worrying. On testing the water chemistry it appears that SWWA have put chlorine in our water without telling us. Graham is on the 'phone to Max as I type. In other news, the orange cat seems to be recovering nicely, and I am so engrossed in Keith Richard's autobiography that I was up until nearly 4:00am reading. And - by the way - the winter has finally arrived. It is snowing...
    Graham reports on some interesting developments in the Hawkwind camp
    Eric Burdon reveals the truth behind one of his most famous records
    Eric Norlander posts another video from the Live at Gettysburg DVD
    All the latest news from those jolly nice people at Galileo Records
    Our daily visit to our friend Thom the World Poet, who is someone of whom I am really getting rather fond.
    *  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:

    *  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 which he shares with various fish and batrachians. 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 1934 Raymond Briggs was born. Briggs is best known for his illustrated tales of terror aimed at children coving subjects like the aftermath of nuclear war, bogeymen named Fungus and snowmen that come to life and abduct children.
    And now the news:

  • Truck found stuffed with 1,000 cats
  • Pygmy hippo shot in NT
  • New website tracks global ivory seizures and poach...
  • Andrew Zarauskas, Jay Conrad Plead Not Guilty To N...
  • Sneezy the squirrel is nuts about trying on hats
  • Rare giant anteater born at Chester Zoo
  • Testosterone fuelled elephant Pathi Harn's Taronga...

  • Here's a trailer for the film version of Fungus the Bogeyman: