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, August 01, 2014



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.

  • UK SIGHTINGS: Is this the Beast of Bodmin? Student...
  • NEWSLINK: Leopard' on the loose in Surrey! Hunt fo...

  • VIDEO: Beverly + Dereck Joubert: Life lessons from...
  • US SIGHTINGS: Big cat in Paulding County?
  • UK SIGHTINGS: Is this the Beast of Bodmin? Photogr...
  • NEWSLINK: Monkeys use researchers 'as human shield...
  • NESSIENEWS (Caveat Lector)

    Monster Quest - Death of Loch Ness
    A review of researcher Robert Rhines\' claim that Nessie, if it existed, may now in fact be dead and its corpse is lying somewhere at the bottom of Loch 


    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.



    News Feed - West Richland's Bigfoot Hunter Dies At 92 - Bellingham Herald
    West Richland's Bigfoot hunter dies at 92. Bellingham Herald Elvera Laughery met her husband at the West Richland Senior Center where

    Bigfoot Caught Watching Kids Play?
    Bigfoot Project: It looks like these kids were being watched by a very curious Sasquatch while they played in their tree house.This video surfaced a few ...

    ThinkerThunker: Provo, Utah Bigfoot Video
    3. why would a bigfoot just stand there waiting for them to shine their lights? makes zero sense. (not that you can even see anything in the video).

    Bigfoot Thursday: The Craven Video from Saskatchewan, Canada
    Is that a monster prowling the prairies of Saskatchewan, Canada? Or just a regular old Bigfoot or Sasquatch? Cryptozoology lovers will enjoy

    Mike Greene Captures Alleged Bigfoot On Thermal Imager
    ... the "Squeaky Thermal." Mike is currently researching Bigfoot in the High Sierras near the area where Justin Smeja claims to have shot two Bigfoot 

    Bigfoot's foot, hand & head caught on tape?
    ... or hoaxed, but I am human & I do make mistakes. We don't know, tell us what you think. Tim Peeler's Bigfoot Encounter from Cleveland County

    The Squatchers Lounge Podcast - Gone Squatchin On A Budget
    Listen in to this podcast as Rev Jeff Kelley and David Batdorf discuss, Squatchin on a budget. They start off the show discussing recent Bigfoot news 

    Family Sees a Grey Bigfoot Between Happy Camp & Yreka California
    Rocky Mountain Sasquatch Organization: Bigfoot sighting report near the location with Kelly Shaw. Island Bigfoot Investigation – follow up on Cass  

    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-USA:

    KARL SHUKER: The Mpisimbi - A Vanished East African King Cheetah?

    Karl Shuker investigates whether the mysterious mpisimbi might have been a now-vanished East African equivalent of southern Africa's king cheetah.

    Read on...


    The Gonzo Daily - Friday
    I am having a really nice day today. I did the early to bed, early to rise bit, and am feeling surprisingly healthy and together. This weekend's magazine is very nearly finished and I am sitting in the office with Charlotte talking about Chinese big headed turtles and guinea pigs. Hark! What is that sound? It is Graham and Saskia with a pair of rescued hedgehogs which shall go into our palatial new hedgehog house or the Erinaceous Mansion as we would not be so pretentious as to call it. Apart from the irritations caused by the scumbags who seem determined to rip me off, I like my life...

        THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
        RICK WAKEMAN: VIDEO: Deep Purple – Jon Lord tribute
        Can prog rock survive in 2014? Yes! (Can you see the bad journalism here, folks?)
        KING CRIMSON: The Boys Are Back
        Critic's pick: Jack Bruce, 'Silver Rails,' and and Ginger Baker, 'Why?'
        GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Auburn - Let's start over again

    The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#88) is available to read or download at www.gonzoweekly.com. It has Joey Molland, the last man standing of the mighty Badfinger on the front cover and an interview with him inside. It also includes an exclusive interview with the author of a new biography of The Waterboys, with an exclusive extract from the book. Yes fans will find a critique of the new album and a rundown of the extraordinary events that took place yesterday as Jon Anderson launched his new band. Elsewhere in the issue Doug Harr interviews the founding members of Brand X and Galahad release the cover art for their forthcoming EP.  There are also new shows from the wonderfully eccentric Jaki and Tim on their Submarine, and from the multi-talented Neil Nixon at Strange Fruit and from M Destiny (hopefully fully recovered from his recent illness) a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and mysterious clues (OK, no peculiar objects left by malefactors, 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!!!
    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
    As well as the Gonzo Weekly, there is a daily service called - wait for it - The Gonzo Daily, and you can subscribe for free HERE:

    *  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?


    ON THIS DAY IN 1834 - 
    Slavery was outlawed in the British empire with an emancipation bill. 

    (Music that may have some relevance to items also on this page, or may just reflect my mood on the day)