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, October 05, 2009


I always hate doing this, guys. But once again we have a cashflow problem. Book sales are down 30% on last year and whilst everything will be freed up when we get charity status (I suppose I should really say if we get charity status), and in the short term things will be sorted when the money from The Sun arrives, we are still in dire straights.

I always think that appealing directly for donations is ridiculously vulgar, but it costs a lot of money to actually do stuff. We have a string of little projects that we would like to do over the winter, and things would be much easier if we sold some more memberships and got a few more donations.

However, what we would really like is some sponsors. We are getting something in the region of three quarters of a million hits a year. I hope that we shall be able to attract some on-topic advertising for the bloggo, which will be able to push us up to the next level. Don't worry. It will never get to the stage that we are advertising any old tat like some people we might mention, but some on-topic sponsors would certainly help.

Sorry to be a pain.


Tabitca said...

Jon -How do you become a member? The only link I found goes to an ebay auction and as I don't have an ebay account was a bit stumped. Perhaps you could post up details of how to join etc? thanks.

Kithra said...

It's just a suggestion, Jon, but it might be useful if you said how much membership costs and how long it lasts. Also it might help if you could give the link as to where people can buy a membership.

Anonymous said...

I've been meaning to do this for a while now, but keep forgetting (you're not the only one on medication). I get my DLA this week, so will transfer some money to my Paypal account, which takes around 10 days. I am watching the eBay auction for membership.

@Kithra, try eBay Item #380162500414 :)