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, February 25, 2015


The Gonzo Daily - Wednesday

Graham's still on the blogging trail, in the absence of Jon and Corinna.

Perhaps it's just as well Jon's not around, really. Yesterday I commented on the hindrance of three power outages that occurred on Monday. Well, shortly after making that remark, Tuesday saw a further SIX outages. The fourth happened while I was up at our local shop, and after the power came back on, I had to wait while the electronic tills recovered and reconnected to the internet. As I keyed in the security number for my bank card, I commented that I'd better hurry up before the electricity glitched off again.

As it was, it was on my way home that all the street lights and illuminated house windows went dark. Phoning up the power distribution people, I was told a digger (backhoe) had taken out a cable, and various attempts at re-routing the supply were being made.

And today? Well, we've just had THREE outages so far. So I'll press on with the site updates while I'm able to! - 

And a reminder that the latest Gonzo Weekly (#118) is at

Hawkwind, Tempest, Eliza Carthy, Daevid Allen, Jon Anderson, and Yes fans had better look out!


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.


A new clip for the UK release of Eduardo S├ínchez’s Exists gives a glimpse of a particular incarnation of the cryotozoological beastie that isn’t to be trifled with.
The film will be hitting UK DVD on April 6 courtesy of Entertainment One.
When a group of friends head into the remote Texas woods for a weekend of non-stop partying, their car hits a huge mysterious animal, which quickly disappears back into the darkness. But as the gang arrives at an isolated cabin, one of them realizes that the woods are home to a bloodthirsty Bigfoot, and it’s only a matter of time before he seeks them out. Soon enough, their weekend trip turns into a terrifying ordeal of survival of the fittest…

CRYPTOLINK: Chupacabra: a legend or real-life monster?

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. 

Read on...

Chupacabra: a legend or real-life monster? - KOB4  T V (New Mexico) takes a look
If your ears perk up when you hear the word 'chupacabra', you're not alone. KOB sat down with a New Mexico researcher who claims to know why chupacabra sighting are on the rise and why more bodies than ever are being found.
Ben Radford is that man – a local investigator and writer, and the author of 'Tracking the Chupacabra.'
He's fascinated with the people's fascination with chupacabras and has spent years wondering if they are real.
"When people say skeptics are debunkers – that's mean, evil and gloomy. I would love to find chupacabra; I would love to find Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster," Radford said. "If they're out there, I want to be the first person to poke at it and sniff it."
His research is already poking holes in parts of the story.


NESSIENEWS (Caveat Lector)

This Catfish is So Huge, They Thought it Was the Loch Ness Monster

While casting for catfish, this guys snags a huge fish that's nearly the size of the Loch Ness Monster.

Loch Ness lifeboat launch £1m appeal to build bigger station

Monster run at Loch Ness for Kerry-Liam. On Sunday, Girvan based Masters runner Kerry-Liam Wilson secured another excellent run in Inverness with....


ON THIS DAY IN 1836 - Samuel Colt patented his design for a hand gun with its ammunition located in a revolving cylinder.

And now the later news...

AND TO WHISTLE WHILE YOU WORK... (Music that may have some relevance to items also on this page, or may just reflect my mood on the day)

Pink Floyd - Arnold Layne (with a rather bizarre promotional film)