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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, July 19, 2013

KARL SHUKER: WHY BLOOD-DRAINED CARCASES ARE NOT THE WORK OF CHUPACABRAS OR OTHER SUPPOSEDLY VAMPIRIC CRYPTIDS



It may be called a goatsucker, but the chupacabra is not a bloodsucker - Karl Shuker explains why.

Read on...

THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN IS...


 OK, when I wrote yesterday that Graham was collecting a box of quail from a 'CATPARK' near ASDA, it was obviously a spelling error. I obviously meant 'BATPARK'; the place round the back of ASDA where people park their fruitbats. Yesterday was a lovely day in Cornwall with Richard Freeman,and Richie and Naomi West, and we were sad to say goodbye to the Wests for another year or two. 

So... What's new on the Gonzo Daily?
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com
 
Another visit to our old friend Thom the World Poet.
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/07/thom-world-poet-daily-poem_18.html
‘I don’t think you look to repeat those things’: Emerson Lake and Palmer provides high standard for Greg Lake
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/07/i-dont-think-you-look-to-repeat-those.html
Yes Q&A: Chris Squire talks LSD, 'Almost Famous,' Jimmy Page project, current tour featuring classic LPs
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/07/yes-q-chris-squire-talks-lsd-almost.html
Mike Heron - ISB had no way of playing in the rain at Woodstock
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2013/07/mike-heron-mike-heron-had-no-way-of.html
*  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?

TODAY'S BIG CAT NEWS ROUNDUP

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 are 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.





  • UK SIGHTINGS: More sightings are made of 'black ca...
  • NEWSLINK: Sariska Tiger Reserve in a sorry state
  • UK SIGHTINGS: Are big cats on the prowl in Glouces...
  • NEWSLINK: Leopard menace shifts to Krishnapur
  • NEWSLINK: Canine distemper outbreak at Wylie sanct...
  • UK SIGHTINGS: Startled grandfather latest to spy f...
  • NEWSLINK: Authorities' ignorance led to tiger deat...
  • DALE DRINNON: Plesiosaurian models, Loch Ness comparisons, Frontiers of Anthropology, Benny's Blogs

    New at the Frontiers of Zoology:
     
     
    New at the Frontiers of Anthropology:
     
    Maps showing some unexpected connections arising from the language families chart posted in the last prior entry.
     
    New at Benny's blog for Thelma Todd:
     
    And at Benny's Other Blog, The Ominous Octopus Omnibus:
     
    Best Wishes, Dale D.

    FORTEAN BIRD NEWS FROM THE WATCHER OF THE SKIES

    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.




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    OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


    Yesterday’s News Today

    On this day in 1947 Queen guitarist Brian May was born.
    And now the news:
  • A Lost Frog in the Lost World?
  • New Anagnorisma Moth Species from Beautiful Binalo...
  • Rare Panda Twins Born at Zoo Atlanta
  • Two lynx released in Coto Donana to increase genet...

  • These days Brian May is more involved in animal welfare than music, but sometimes the two things cross paths...