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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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

RICHARD FREEMAN: Return from Tasmania

In January of this year I embarked on my third trip to Tasmania in search of the thylacine, or Tasmanian wolf. Together with Mike Williams of CFZ Australia we spent a fortnight searching the north and central regions of the island for the elusive marsupial predator. We interviewed witnesses and set camera traps, as well as conducting night drives with windscreen mounted cameras. 

Our cameras failed to film thylacines, but we were shown a short sequence of film captured on a trail cam by some other researchers known to us that seems to show a Tasmanian wolf. We can say no more at the moment, but it appears that, much as we expected, this amazing animal is not extinct after all.

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