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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Monday, February 20, 2017


For some weeks I have been getting increasingly worried that significant chunks of my emails have seemed to be going astray. Last Monday, for example, Chloe and I wrote 52 e-mails, and only two people actually replied. This put me in a difficult situation. If I was to write to all the people that I suspected had not been receiving my e-mails, it could well be interpreted as me accusing them of being ill-mannered enough to ignore my emails, and I most certainly didn't want to do this. I still remember a day, back when e-mail was still a new experience to me, when - upon not receiving a reply to an urgent e-mail - I wrote again, only to be told that the bloke I was writing to's wife had just died of brain cancer.
Then along comes my knight in shining armour, in the shape of my good friend. noted Danish zoologist, Lars Thomas. It seemed that somehow my gmail account (which I had never used, and which only existed to get into my GoogleDrive) had become active, and about a third of the emails sent to me were ending up there. This has now been fixed.
Thanks Lars.

If I have not replied to an email that you sent me, or if I have been pestering you for an answer to an e-mail that you sent me, please forgive me. I hope to have worked through the backlog by the end of the day.

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