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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Sunday, August 01, 2010


Since my research into the Texas blue dogs started in earnest about a year ago I have immersed myself in the lore, history and biology of the North American canidae. I was both interested and appalled to find, when I first read this item - which Glen Venezio posted to a Puerto Rico animal newsgroup of which I am a member...

New Mexico Governor Richardson Issues Trap Ban

Governor Bill Richardson today issued an executive order that temporarily bans leg-hold and body-crushing traps within the Mexican wolf recovery area in New Mexico. The Governor's announcement comes less than two months after WildEarth Guardians and a coalition of groups petitioned the Gila National Forest and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to ban traps within the Mexican wolf recovery zone.

Please send a message to Governor Richardson today thanking him for his bold leadership.

Sadly, more than a dozen Mexican wolves have been caught in steel leg-hold traps in the last few years, including members of the Middle Fork Pack in New Mexico. Today both the alpha male and the alpha female of the Middle Fork Pack have only three legs, one due to a trap injury and the other from a bullet.

The Executive Order also calls for the New Mexico Department of Game & Fish to study whether traps can be used with "minimal risk of harm or injury" and then issue a report to the New Mexico Game Commission. The order also calls on the New Mexico Department of Tourism to issue a report on the potential economic benefits due to wolf ecotourism if a healthy Mexican wolf population existed.

Governor Richardson's announcement and bold leadership come at a critical juncture in the Mexican wolf recovery effort. In the last few months four wolves have been illegally shot, including two alpha males, a female and a two-year old male.

But wolves still need your help. The New Mexico Game Commission will also take the matter up at its next meeting on August 28th in Albuquerque. Please send an email to the Game Commission urging the members to make the Governor's directive more permanent.

Thanks to all of you who have made phone calls, written letters, sent faxes, and showed up at meetings on behalf of the Mexican wolf. We'll continue to keep the pressure on and we plan to make today's good news the beginning of a positive trend for this fascinating and vital animal.

Long Live the Lobo,

John Horning
Executive Director
WildEarth Guardians

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