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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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

CRYPTOZOOLOGY ONLINE: On The Track (Of Unknown Animals) Episode 36

The latest edition of a monthly webTV show from the CFZ and CFZtv, bringing you the latest cryptozoological, and monster hunting news from around the world. This episode brings you:

CFZ in summertime
Introducing Harriet
The Weird Weekend
John Blashford-Snell
Leopards in Huddisford Woods
Big Cats in the UK (We mean it maaaan)
Orang Pendek DNA?
Orang Pendek hair analysis
Livebearer breeding success
Goodbye Jerry
Corinna looks at out of place birds
New and Rediscovered: New fish in Indonesia
New and Rediscovered: New batfish in Gulf of Mexico
New and Rediscovered: New North American Turtle
New and Rediscovered: New South American monkey

CFZ AUSTRALIA: Crypto statue for Canberra!

Down Under in Australia's capital, Canberra, politicians have authorised the creation of a cryptozoological statue! And what creature will they be immortalising in bronze? Why, the bunyip, of course! The bunyip has a special significance for Canberra, as the nation's capital was the setting for Michael Salmon's iconic children's book The Monster That Ate Canberra (pictured above at left).
The book's key character was a disgruntled bunyip forced from his billabong home by man-made pollution. Angry, the bunyip seeks revenge by 'eating' Canberra, taking bites out of monuments. It was probably the first book with a 'crypto' theme that this writer ever picked up to read, and holds a cherished place on library shelves throughout Australia.
The bunyip statue is by no means the first crypto creation of its kind, but it may be the first government-funded one!

There is a yowie statue at Kilcoy, in Queensland, and the giant crocodile at Wyndham, also in Queensland, that we featured on this blog a few weeks back.
There are also a few Thylacine statues in Launcestone, Tasmania and in Nannup, Western Australia.
There are doubtless a couple more we are unaware of - if you know of any in Oz, send them in!

Posted By CFZ Australia to Centre for Fortean Zoology Australia at 8/30/2010


The whole of the 2010 Weird Weekend is now up, for free, on YouTube. We try to do it every year: we did it in 2008, but sadly there were technical issues that meant that a large amount of the films of 2009 were not really usable. I hope that you enjoy them, and that they whet your appetite for next year's event.


WEIRD WEEKEND 2010: Jonathan Downes (Keynote Speech)

WW2010: Silas Hawkins


Hi Jon,

First of all, congratulations on the Weird Weekend; one of these days I'll be attending with maybe a side trip to the screaming skull at Bettiscombe Manor.

If you can get past the emetic, "Little Nummies for little tummies",
this website has a picture of a tarsier muffin and some misinformation about tarsiers. But at least there's the muffin.


OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1914 the last known passenger pigeon (Ectopistes migratorius) died in Cincinnati zoo. Passenger pigeons went from being among the most numerous birds in the United States of America to extinction in less than a century from over-hunting by men as it provided a cheap source of meat for slaves.
And now, the news:

New dinosaur species found in China
Bird group wants better species protection
A new chameleon species from Madagascar on the bri...
Basking sharks are fascinating beasts who may just...
The Frozen Zoo aiming to bring endangered species ...
Halifax center displays 180 species of waterfowl
Birmingham woman names endangered British species
1 Million Fish Dead in Bolivian Ecological Disaste...
Scientists find new invasive fresh water clam spec...

Do the clam, Elvis commands it! Also, marvel at truly horrific dancing and the fact that Elvis can play his guitar when he is several meters away from it: