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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Thursday, May 12, 2016


The CFZ Yearbook was finished about ten days ago and we started taking pre-orders. I then contracted blood poisoning, and everything went on hold. However, with the assistance of my new assistant Chloe Gray, it was uploaded this evening (or yesterday evening if you are reading this tomorrow)

Proof, as if any were needed, that I always keep my promises in the end, the 2016 CFZ Yearbook is imminent, and we are now taking pre-orders at a special low price of £9.99. It is a particularly diverse and interesting volume, and we are very proud of it...


  • Introduction              
  • British Wombats and related cryptozoology by Richard Muirhead           
  • Fire Beasts, Lightning Beasts, and the Elephant of Tiahunaco - Investigating a Crypto- Archaeological anomaly  by Dr Karl Shuker
  • Monsters and Cryptids of Classical Myth by Ronan Coghlan                            
  • Tiny Snakes and Giant Worms in Hong Kong by Jonathan Downes                  
  • A note on Giant Earthworms by Jonathan Downes                                              
  • Crocodile Cults; The worship, mythology and folklore of crocodilians by Richard Freeman
  • FROM THE ARCHIVES: Note on the Pterodactyl Tribe considered as Giant Bats by     Edward Newman (1843)
  • Is the Yowie an Australian Immigrant? By Tony Lucas
  • Orang Pendek in the Dutch Press by Loes Modderman                                       
  • FROM THE ARCHIVES: Water Beings in Shetland Folklore as remembered bShetlanders in British Columbia by J A Teit (1918)
  • FIELD REPORT 16.4.16 Was the Pershore Roe Deer Carcass Really Predated by a Large   Unknown Felid? by Carl Marshall
  • Mystery Animals of Arizona by David Weatherly and Richard Muirhead
  • On the 2016 “Chupacabras” carcasses from The Ukraine
  • Mystery animals in classic British pulp fiction by Jonathan Downes
  • CLASSIC CRYPTOFICTION: The Lake of the Devil by Edgar Wallace
  • 2015: a Year in the life of the CFZ                                                                    

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