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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Thursday, July 11, 2013


A word about cryptolinks: we are not responsible for the content of cryptolinks, which are merely links to outside articles that we think are interesting (sometimes for the wrong reasons), usually posted up without any comment whatsoever from me.

Most of us have heard of Nessie, the purported creature-in-residence in Loch Ness, Scotland, but what about the monsters of America? According to Weather.com, the United States has its own lake monster named Champ, who lives in Lake Champlain near Vermont.

Champ has been been "spotted" hundreds of times, and is described as being between 20-80 feet with a serpentine body, distinct humps and a dog-like face. The monster has made waves throughout history. Champ is said to have first been spotted by French explorer Samuel Champlain, sought after by P.T. Barnum and is even protected New York and Vermont state governments.

Read on...


It seems that the paranoia that gripped criminal gang kingpin Dinsdale Piranha (of the Piranha Brothers, as revealed by Monty Python  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64aVHzoSdaI) was based on fact after all.
His fear of Spiny Norman the colossal hedgehog was well founded.

There really IS a giant hedgehog that stalks the streets of London's  East End. I caught sight of it here, in a street just of Bethnell Green

Road, at the top of Brick Lane.

DALE DRINNON: Gigantopithecus, Bigfoot, Frontiers of Anthropology et al.

New at the Frontiers of Zoology:

New at the Frontiers of Anthropology:

New at Benny's blog for Thelma Todd:


Graham here today, with a slightly later than planned Gonzo Update, partly because of assisting with Jon's departure with Corinna and her mother.  While away, they're going to be attending a wedding. During their absence I'm experimenting with a slow-cook casserole. It's just a beef and potato stew, really, with a load of veg thrown in. And I cheated by adding a packet of casserole mix!
And, er, talking of mixes, here's the Gonzo Daily updates...

Yes’ Steve Howe Says Band Is Loving Playing Full Albums In Concert
The Gonzo Track of the Day is Mona (1969) - Quicksilver Messenger Service
*  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
* 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 two very small kittens (one of whom is also orange) puts it all together from a converted potato shed in a tumbledown cottage deep in rural Devon which he shares with various fish, and sometimes a small Indian frog. 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 cat?


You are invited to visit our Art Trek exhibition at 3-4 Torridge View, Meddon Street, Bideford, EX39 2EG.  We are a short walk from the pannier market and close to the town centre.  Our exhibition is open on Thursdays 11th and 18th, Saturdays 13th and 20th and Sundays 14th and 21st between 10.30am and 4.30pm.   We would love to see you and chat about the work on show which includes previously unseen polaroid images and small sculptures on the theme of photography by Sarah and paintings and work in progress by Neil.   Expect some unexpected items and discover a hidden part of Bideford. 
For more information contact Sarah Boait or Neil Jeffers on  01237 479265
full details of the event are available on www.northdevontheatres.org.uk/art-trek.php
we look forward to seeing you, please feel free to forward this message to anyone you know who may be interested.


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 took the plunge and started a 'Watcher of the Skies' blog of her own as part of the CFZ Bloggo Network.

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

Yesterday’s News Today


On this day in 1980 I was born, a momentous day in history indeed and why everything prior to this date is known by the sort of historians that make documentaries of them talking to camera in Castley Fields as the “Before Time”.

And now the news:

  • Endangered species found in slums
  • Three snow leopards caught on film in China
  • Conference turns spotlight on Taiwan’s turtles - v...
  • Evolution Too Slow to Keep Up With Climate Change
  • Tiger hunting in South Africa? How low can they go...
  • Fewer bat sightings spark breeding fears
  • American Dogs Come From Asia
  • Tiny New Catfish Species Found in Rio ParaĆ­ba Do S...

  • Indeed, my birth was foretold many years before as this video clip shows: