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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Wednesday, July 09, 2014

WEIRD WEEKEND 2014: The Small School on Mark Raines' website

At the end of the Summer, we collect seeds from the flowers and vegetables and these are saved till February when a local organic gardening group uses the school for a Seed Swap. Anyone can come along to this event and even if they do not bring seeds to share, they are welcome to help themselves to some of our seeds.

The event is advertised throughout North Devon and it is a good meeting place for gardeners to chat over a cup of tea and a piece of cake made by parents and students.  Read on...

FROM DAVEY CURTIS: Alligator snapping turtle


Sasquatches & Canines
Harry Oakes, a tracker and dog handler followed the boy's tracks and determined that a large bigfoot picked up the boy about one mile from the mobile ...

Bear or Sasquatch? : The Latest 2014 Bigfoot Sighting.
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What do you think? Is it a bear or a sasquatch? Two still photographs were captured by a fisherman in Virginia last week. The two shots are very clear, ...

Yowie Research: A New Beginning - Trail Cam Deployment
Rusty from Australia is a Yowie researcher. He is very thorough in his research and deploys many trail cams in hopes of capturing the elusive beast on ...

Check Out This Possible Bigfoot Track From Grays Harbor Thermal
While some of us were setting off fireworks, the Brown family were casting bigfoot tracks. A friend of Jon and Sara Brown found what appears to be a ...

DVD Review: HUNTING THE LEGEND, Where Even The Scares Are Nowhere To Be Found
The found footage Bigfoot flick Hunting The Legend is being released on DVD today, July 8th. In 2008, a deer hunter was taken by something in the ...

News Feed - Off Roader Testing His Snow Machine Observes An Bigfoot Spotted At Virginia Coast
comNow, Bigfoot footage once again has gone viral. This time, Bigfoot seems to be hanging out in the Virginia Intercostal Waterways. YouTube user ...

'Bigfoot' photographed in Virginia
'Bigfoot' photographed in Virginia. Posted on Tuesday, 8 July, 2014 | Comment icon 1 comment. What did O'Neal's father capture on camera ?

Bear or Sasquatch? : The Latest 2014 Bigfoot Sighting.
What do you think? Is it a bear or a sasquatch? Two still photographs were captured by a fisherman in Virginia last week. The two shots are very clear, ...



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. 

The worldwide mystery cat phenomenon (or group of phenomena, if we are to be more accurate) is not JUST about cryptozoology. At its most basic level it is about the relationship between our species and various species of larger cat. That is why sometimes you will read stories here that appear to have nothing to do with cryptozoology but have everything to do with human/big cat interaction. As committed Forteans, we believe that until we understand the nature of these interactions, we have no hope of understanding the truth that we are seeking.

  • VIDEO: Deadly Big Cats in New York Wilderness - Co...
  • VIDEO: BLACK LIONS MYTH & other Real Lion Hybrid F...
  • VIDEO: Gallery of Wild and Exotic Cats and their H...
  • VIDEO: Coolest Serval Video!
  • VIDEO: When lionesses attack: Horrific footage as ...
  • NEWSLINK: Private Reserves Support National Parks ...
  • VIDEO: ✺ Kevin Richardson - Teil 2 von 2 Der mit d...
  • VIDEO: Der Jaguar - Das Phantom des Dschungels (Do...
  • VIDEO: National Geographic Live! - Vincent J. Musi...
  • NEWSLINK: Tiger leaps onto boat, snatches man in ...
  • NEWSLINK: Dog walker spots leopard
  • NEWSLINK: Endangered Cat Species Survival Trust (E...

    What has Corinna's column of fortean bird news got to do with Cryptozoology?

    Well, everything actually!

    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. 


      The Gonzo Daily - Wednesday

      Mother and I have been watching Season Two of the X Files with much pleasure. I watched it twenty years ago, but then for various personal reasons never saw it to the end. last night's episode got me thinking - not only was the storyline about vampires in LA very reminiscent of the late Mick Farren's vampire novels which we at Gonzo are republishing, but the general undercurrent and subtext about a deep reaching Government conspiracy that reaches all the way through society is horribly prescient of the events that have come to light in the past few days. But in those days it was only a far reaching belief that the government was covering up knowledge about aliens, which seems oddly wholesome and even harmless compared to the currently held belief that the establishment has been complicit in covering up child abuse throughout the higher echelons of society.
      We are, indeed, living in disturbing times.
      The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#85) is here to read or download at www.gonzoweekly.com. It has Raoni Metuktire aka Chief Raoni and Clearlight on the front cover and features an interview with Cyrille Verdeaux in which he discusses his work with this legendary eco-warrior and Amerindian chief. Merrell Fankhauser recounts an odd story about John Lennon and UFOs. There is an interview with Paul May about the forthcoming Atkins/May Project album, Doug Harr visits Queen in San Jose, and Rosie Curtis goes to a cosplay convention, whilst Jon muses about The Happy Mondays. There are also new shows from Friday Night Progressive, and from the multi-talented Neil Nixon at Strange Fruit and a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and newts in shoes (OK, no unlikey shod caudata, but I got carried away with things that rhymed with OOOOS) than you can shake a stick at. And the best part is IT's ABSOLUTELY FREE!!!
      The full list of artists featured is: Jack White, Yes, Jon Anderson, Jon Davison, Robert Plant, Dave Grohl, Greg Allman, Bob Dylan, Ian Gillan, Daevid Allen, Clepsydra, Michael des Barres, Merrell Fankhauser, Arthur Brown, Spirit Thom, Galahad, The Who, Marillion, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Annik Honore, Dermot Healy, Josephine Pullein-Thompson, Wayne Henderson, Andre Popp, Erik Norlander, Lana Lane, Hugh Hopper, Mick Abrahams, Martin Guitars, Cyrille Verdeaux, Clearlight, Paul May, Rosie Curtis, Queen, Happy Mondays, Hawkwind, Scott Walker, Beatles, 1D, Cher, Iggy Pop, Weird Weekend, Joanne Hogg & Frank Van Essex, Lava Engine, Ancillotti, Blaze, Subway to Sally
      Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
      All issues from #70 can be downloaded at www.gonzoweekly.com if you prefer. If you have problems downloading, just email me and I will add you to the Gonzo Weekly dropbox. The first 69 issues are archived there as well. Information is power chaps, we have to share it!
      To make sure that you don't miss your copy of future issues make an old hippy a happy chappy and subscribe

      *  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: www.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 54 who - together with an orange kitten named after a song by Frank Zappa 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 kitten?

      KARL SHUKER: The Crowing Crested Cobra

      Karl Shuker ponders over whether an unaccountably vocal, coxcombed mystery snake known as the crowing crested cobra may be a cryptozoological cockatrice.

      Read on...

      OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today