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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, January 06, 2021

BIG CAT ROUND UP

The hunt for British Big Cats attracts far more newspaper-column inches than any other cryptozoological subject. 

There are so many of them now that we feel that they should be archived by us in some way, so we are publishing a regular round-up of the stories as they come in. 

The worldwide mystery cat phenomenon (or group of phenomena, if we are to be more accurate) is not JUST about cryptozoology. At its most basic level it is about the relationship between our species and various species of larger cat. That is why sometimes you will stories here that appear to have nothing to do with cryptozoology but have everything to do with human/big cat interaction. As committed Forteans, we believe that until we understand the nature of these interactions, we have no hope of understanding the truth that we are seeking.

THE LAST WEEK AT THE CFZ-USA BLOG

CFZ-USA

  • THYLACINES SPOTTED 8 TIMES
  • VAMPIRE FINCHES
  • ASHUAPS - SERPENT OF QUEBEC
  • TIO-DE-NADAL
  • BIGFOOT - UNUSUAL REPORTS
  • MISTLETOE: FOLKLORE AND MYTHOLOGY
  • STICK FIGURE IN FARM FIELD
  • 10 BIGFOOT SIGHTINGS
  • FERAL CHILDREN
  • CFZ NEWSLETTER
  • DAVY JONES' LOCKER
  • ANDEAN WOLF - CANID OF SOUTH AMERICA
  • NAME OF THE HELPER
  • BIGFOOT IN CRAWLSPACE
  • BLACK PANTHER OF OHIO
  • HUILLIA - GIANT SNAKE
  • MIGRATION OF THE TIGER SHARKS
  • STICKMAN OF CLARK COUNTY
  • MANTIS-LIKE CREATURE
  • NEW SPECIES OF HERMIT CRAB DISCOVERED
  • WHY DO FAERIES DO CHORES FOR HUMANS?
  • BROWN FACELESS CREATURES
  • TWO-HEADED SEA MONSTER
  • REPTILIAN IN THE HOUSE
  • MOST IMPORTANT SPECIES ON EARTH
  • HOPE FOR MOST ENDANGERED TURTLE
  • DIRE WOLF OR WEREWOLF?
  • SEARCH FOR ORANG PENDEK
  • DID THIS PROVE PARALLEL UNIVERSE EXISTS?
  • BIGFOOT IN COLORADO
  •  THE CFZ WISH ALL READERS A HAPPY NEW YEAR
  • WOOLY RHINOCEROS DUG UP
  • FILM OF BIGFOOT SIGHTING
  • STRANGE UFO NEWS 2020
  • MAN-BAT IN WISCONSIN
  • REPTILIAN CREATURES REPORTED
  • POSITIVE ENVIRONMENTAL STORIES 2020.
  • COAST TO COAST AND BIGFOOT
  • A LOOK AT SOME "LITTLE PEOPLE"
  • THYLACINE
  • BAT-LIKE FLYING MONSTER
  • BIZARRE MONSTER OF HOUSTON
  • FLYING HUMANOID OF TEXAS
  • DRAGON-WORM
  • AGTA AND KAPRE
  • DOGMEN IN BRITAIN
  • USE OF SOUND BY MONSTERS
  • BLUE BEE OF FLORIDA REDISCOVERED
  • 503 NEW SPECIES DISCOVERED
  • YUCCA MAN ENCOUNTERS
  • SIBERIAN CATS TAKE OVER FARM
  • PREHISTORIC ART AND HUMAN WRITING
  • BIGFOOT IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
  • MYSTERY CARCASS IN IRELAND
  • MOTHER, DAUGHTER AND LOCH NESS MONSTER
  • FIVE DOGMAN ENCOUNTERS
  • EARLIER UNIVERSE BEFORE BIG BANG
  • CREEPY TRAIL CAM PHOTOS
  • THREE BIGFOOT OBSERVED
  • A VERY PECULIAR EXPERIENCE
  • SPROAT LAKE MONSTER
  • TA-ZAM-A
  • NEW SPECIES OF SNAKE
  • HUGE SEA TURTLES
  • PLANT INTELLIGENCE
  • CREEPY CREATURE IN UTAH
  • LOST CITY OF THE GIANTS
  • BLACK-EYED KIDS
  • WHAT DO WE DO NEXT ASKS THE GONZO BLOG DOO DAH MAN

     The Gonzo Daily: Wednesday

    And so it is Wednesday. I stayed up too late last night with Louis watching the Senate run off elections in Georgia, and so I am very sleepy today. I also feel extraordinarily angry and full of bile, a condition that has nothing to do with the election results. I want to have a sign around my neck today saying ‘approach with caution’ because I am in no fit state to have any interaction with any other member of the human race.
    Love and Peace
    From me and Lilith Tinkerbell the cat
    ALL TODAY'S GONZO NEWS WOT'S FIT TO SQUINT
    Interview with Mr. Tony Palmer
    FACE2FACE / GONG - An interview with Daevid Allen
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Gong-Never Fight Another W...
    All Things Must Pass WAS NOT REJECTED by the BEATL...
    AND OTHER STUFF FEATURING VARIOUS GONZO CONTRIBUTORS:
    Our webTV show:
    And if you fancy supporting it on Patreon:
    And by the way chaps and chappesses, a trip to the Jon Downes megastore may seem to be in order:
    Meanwhile I continue to pretend that I am a popstar, because now I have sold eleven whole copies of my new album Coldharbour. If I continue at this rate I will get a silver disc sometime at the beginning of the next millenium. Coldharbour, by the way, can be found here: https://jondownes1.bandcamp.com/releases
    I think it is really rather good, but then again I would say that wouldn't I?
    AND THE LATEST ISSUE OF THE GONZO MAGAZINE:
    Gonzo Weekly #421/2
    THE CHRISTMAS ISSUE
    This magazine continues to go off on strange tangents that I never expect, but I am very happy to see it do so. What is in this week? Ooooh lots of things. Such as Rick Wakeman, lotsa Covidstuff, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Jon's 2020 Top Ten, The Crown, and oodles more...
    And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney and Friday Night Progressive, AND Merrell Fankhauser, and the Real Music Club, AND Strange Fruit, and Mr Biffo, there is a column from Kev Rowland, and C.J Stone, but Mr Biffo, Tony Klinger and Neil Nixon, are on hiatus. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and dibblers who have got the blues (OK, nothing to do with tiny marsupials who are listening to the new Bob Dylan album, but I got carried away with things that rhymed with OOOOS) than you can shake a stick at. And the best part is IT's ABSOLUTELY FREE!!!
    ..And the last few issues are:
    All issues from #70 can be downloaded at www.gonzoweekly.com if you prefer. If you have problems downloading, just email me and I will add you to the Gonzo Weekly dropbox. The first 69 issues are archived there as well. Information is power chaps, we have to share it!
    You can download the magazine in pdf form HERE:
    SPECIAL NOTICE: If you, too, want to unleash the power of your inner rock journalist, and want to join a rapidly growing band of likewise minded weirdos please email me at jon@eclipse.co.uk The more the merrier really.
    * The Gonzo Daily is a two way process. If you have any news or want to write for us, please contact me at jon@eclipse.co.uk. If you are an artist and want to showcase your work, or even just say hello please write to me at gonzo@cfz.org.uk. Please copy, paste and spread the word about this magazine as widely as possible. We need people to read us in order to grow, and as soon as it is viable we shall be invading more traditional magaziney areas. Join in the fun, spread the word, and maybe if we all chant loud enough we CAN stop it raining. See you tomorrow...
    * The Gonzo Daily is - as the name implies - a daily online magazine (mostly) about artists connected to the Gonzo Multimedia group of companies. But it also has other stuff as and when the editor feels like it. The same team also do a weekly newsletter called - imaginatively - The Gonzo Weekly. Find out about it at this link: www.gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.co.uk
    * We should probably mention here, that some of our posts are links to things we have found on the internet that we think are of interest. We are not responsible for spelling or factual errors in other people's websites. Honest guv!
    * Jon Downes, the Editor of all these ventures (and several others) is a recently widowed old hippy of 61 who - together with a Jack Russell called Archie, an infantile orange cat named after a song by Frank Zappa, three other cats, one totally coincidentally named after one of the Manson Family, purely because she squeaks, puts it all together from a converted potato shed in a tumbledown cottage deep in rural Devon which he shares with various fish. He is ably assisted by a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus.. did we mention Archie and the Cats?

    NEWS FROM NOWHERE: Wednesday

    ON THIS DAY IN - 0871 - England's King Alfred defeated the Danes at the Battle of Ashdown.

    And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk


  • Genetic Structuring of the Widespread African Gras...
  • NOVATAXA: A New Species of Nemipteru

  • AND TO WHISTLE WHILE YOU WORK... (Music that may have some relevance to items also on this page, or may just reflect my mood on the day)