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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Saturday, January 15, 2011

LARS THOMAS: Missing Macacque

Curses - they've got me! A week ago a barbary macaque decided it didn't like the look of the vet coming to inoculate him and his mates at the Givskud Zoo in western Denmark. So off he went on a walkabout in the countryside around the zoo. Time and again the zoo staff tried to corner the macaque and catch him, and time and again he gave them the slip. But this morning, whilst drinking from a puddle, the vet got him in the backside with a tranquiliser dart, so now he is finally back behind bars - apparantly none the worse for wear. A Danish winter is no problem for a barbary macaque. A portrait of the macaque on this Danish website:


MAYA: People of the Corn


On Friday night, despite the rigours of flu, Graham, Corinna and I went to the Plough Arts Centre, Torrington, for the opening night of an exhibition: Maya: People of the Corn by Henry Hartley and Weronika Mliczewska. They spent seven months amongst the Maya people of Mexico, and the resulting films and photographs are fascinating. Talking to Henry for a few minutes (for OTT) I learned that there is a lot of stuff of fortean interest, so we have asked them to come to the Weird Weekend and talk about it....

The exhibition is on until the end of the month.

SYD HENLEY WRITES: Fox shoots man

Hi Jon.

This news item from Reuters gladdened my heart and brought a big smile to my face. I hope the fox was not badly wounded and makes a speedy recovery, which is considerably more than I wish the man.

MOSCOW Thu Jan 13, 2011 7:47pm GMT

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A wounded fox shot its would be killer in Belarus by pulling the trigger on the hunter's gun as the pair scuffled after the man tried to finish the animal off with the butt of the rifle, media said Thursday.

The unnamed hunter, who had approached the fox after wounding it from a distance, was in hospital with a leg wound, while the fox made its escape, media said, citing prosecutors from the Grodno region.

"The animal fiercely resisted and in the struggle accidentally pulled the trigger with its paw," one prosecutor was quoted as saying.

Fox-hunting is popular in the picturesque farming region of northwestern Belarus which borders Poland.

(Reporting by Amie Ferris-Rotman; Editing by Matthew Jones)



On Jan 16 (Sun), at 11 am, Ms. Jennie Erin Smith, Author of STOLEN WORLD : A TALE OF REPTILES, SMUGGLERS AND SKULDUGGERY will be speaking to the New York Turtle and Tortoise Society about the unsolved mystery of the stolen plowshare tortoises from Madagascar -- a very interesting, surprising, and complex whodunit, only some of which is told in "Stolen World."

Times - Jan 16 (Sun), at 11 am,
Place- Arsenal Building in front of Central Park Zoo on 5th Ave. and 64th St., Manhattan.
(Please use Mass Transit if you can).
Limited amount of books will be available for sale and signing by the author. $25.00


This appeared on Freecycle, Exeter, yesterday morning....

I know this is not strictly allowed but we need your help - on Wednesday 12th Jan between 7.00 - 8.00 pm a brindle whippet bitch and her five four week old pups were stollen from their basket at home - the Mum is a very well known dog and very popular amongst the people in the area and the lady that owns her is beside herself with worry. If you have been offered a very young pup or know of anyone who has suddenly become the owner of such a dog please either contact me or the Taunton police - the crime number is 4842/11It is believed the thieves came from the Exeter area.Thank you for reading and please tell your friends



Today he thought, instead, that he would give evidence for the beginning of the end of faith in werewolves in the area around Strasburg (‘Germany’ or France depending on the century). Read on

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1909 Ernest Shackleton’s mission reached the Magnetic South Pole.
And now, the news:

Elusive Cat Once Thought Extinct is Alive and OK i...
Cumbria university scientists find 'extinct' croco...
Dead Species Can Indeed Tell Tales
New atlas catalogues UK's large moth species
Extinct woolly mammoth could be brought back to li...
New dinosaur species provides evolutionary clues
Invasive species are 'waiting on the doorstep' of ...
200 Dead Cows Found In Wisconsin Field
Legendary Parrot Who Saved His Species Dead at 80

After yesterday's random video of Brian Blessed you'll be glad to know that today's 'related video clip' is the most predictable one for some time: