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, March 15, 2013



Celebrity: Stoned Fox may be a badly stuffed piece of taxidermy but that hasn't stopped him finding fame
Celebrity: Stoned Fox may be a badly stuffed piece of taxidermy but that hasn't stopped him finding fame
It started with a bid. Now a taxidermied fox has become 'the winner of the internet' after becoming a popular meme in Russia.

The stuffed creature, known as Stoned Fox because of his 'drug-addicted' look, has found favour with internet users, who have taken to Photoshop and let their imaginations run wild.

Digital trickery has seen Stoned Fox take his place all over history, from posing with US president Barack Obama to wartime conferences with Joseph Stalin and Winston Churchill, and a Leonardo Da Vinci painting to the edge of the stratosphere, just like Felix Baumgartner.

The fox was the creation of Welsh artist Adele Morse, based in Dalston, east London.

She experimented with stuffing the fox, which died of natural causes, and put the finished item on eBay.

A bidding war broke out and Ms Morse realised the fox had gained a Russian fanbase when she started getting messages through the auction site showing off the weird and wonderful settings he had been Photoshopped in.
Now Ms Morse and the fox, borrowed from its new owner, are setting out on tour.

The pair will be visiting St Petersburg in a fortnight, according to the Russian Ministry of Culture.

Read on...


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: New to science, Chupacabras, Frontiers of Anthropology, Cedar & Willow

New at Frontiers of Zoology:
New at Frontiers of Anthropology:
New at Cedar and Willow:


It has reverted to being cold and wet outside. I am not at my brightest and best today, so - unfortunately - I will probably lie low for much of the day. Hopefully I will feel better later. Billy sent me the new Greg Lake live album the other day, and I have been listening to it ever since. Nick Redfern will hate it, but I think its jolly good.
Once again we repair to Austin for our daily audience with Thom the World Poet

*  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:

* We should probably mention here, that some of our posts are links to things we have found on the internet that we think are of interest. We are not responsible for spelling or factual errors in other people's websites. Honest guv!

*  Jon Downes, the Editor of all these ventures (and several others) is an old hippy of 53 who - together with his orange cat (who is currently on sick leave in Staffordshire) and a not very small orange kitten (who isn't) puts it all together from a converted potato shed in a tumbledown cottage deep in rural Devon which he shares with various fish. He is ably assisted by his lovely wife Corinna, his bulldog/boxer Prudence, his elderly mother-in-law, and a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus.. did we mention the orange cats?

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:

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

Yesterday’s News Today

On this day in 1943 the horror, sci-fi and thriller film director David Cronenberg was born.
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