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, March 04, 2016

RICHARD FREEMAN: 2016 Thylacine expedition

Yesterday, March 3rd 2016 I embarked on my second trip to the wilds of Tasmania in search of the island’s most magnificent and mysterious animal, the thylacine or Tasmanian wolf.

Often termed ‘the world’s healthiest extinct animal’ this dog like, striped marsupial carnivore is officially extinct. None the less there have been over 4000 sightings since the date of its alleged expiry in the 1930s. The animal has also had its continued survival predicted by computer programme.

There are many iconic extinct animals like the dodo, the passenger pigeon, the great auk and the Bali tiger. No one reports any of these animals but people still report seeing thylacines. Together with expedition organizer Mike Williams I will be visiting a remote area in the north of the island following some startling new evidence of which I cannot yet speak. As with the CFZ orang-pendek project, the CFZ thylacine project will be an on-going investigation into the icon of cryptozoology, conservation and survival.


Gabby Neves said...

OMG! I only want to wish you guys a huge luck! I hope you find new evidences and/or the thylacine! I just love them and I would love to do something like that.

Go get them (=
Best regards,

Tizzer said...

Good luck on your search Richard -- Terri-anne x