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, May 12, 2017

THE MONKEY TOWN PARADE by Liz Bitakaramire

Some of you may remember my previous blog post back in 2009 about the origins of Heywood's unofficial moniker of 'Monkey Town.' Well, last weekend, your Greater-Mancunian correspondent is happy to report, monkey business hit an all-time high with the first annual Monkey Town Parade.

In the week before the festivities, nine life-size gorilla statues were installed at various locations around the town.

Helen Johnson, of the Heywood Advertiser, reports that 'Hundreds of people' turned out for the inaugural event on Saturday, 6th May, which included a three-mile trail to visit all nine gorillas to make rubbings of their brass plaques - please, no jokes about monkeys and brass; it was actually quite a warm day.

There is a also a competition running until the 25th August where those who collected all nine brass-rubbings can win one of the gorillas.

Each sculpture was designed by local primary school children; members of the Heywood in Bloom organisation; PossAbilities, a disability charity; and created by artists. PossAbilities, who organised the event, also held a garden party at their premises, with 500 attendees.

If you're in or around Heywood you can hunt for the apes until 25th August when they will be removed from their current locations and brought together for a 'gathering of the apes.'

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