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, June 01, 2016

CFZ "PEOPLE": Toby Downes (1985-2000)

Today we remember an old family member who died sixteen years ago today. He had incurable cancer and could no longer walk or eat. My then girlfriend who was a devout Roman Catholic pointed out that it was Ascension Day which I found oddly comforting. Not a day goes by that I don't remember the old boy, and I fondly think of him in the afterlife mentoring Biggles (who dies six years ago this October) in the fine art of tearing open black bags of rubbish. As anyone who knows Prudence and Archie will attest, I am afraid that my companion canids have never been that well behaved. But then again, of course, neither am I.

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