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, January 01, 2012

RSPB: Let's make 2012 the year of the rainforest

Let's make 2012 the year of the rainforest

Lowland agile gibbon

Tropical rainforests buzz with life. They're home to a whopping six million species, including some of the world's most enigmatic and endangered wildlife, with new species found continually. They provide food, water and medicines, and act as carbon stores to help in the fight against climate change.

We've spent more than 20 years working with partners in countries such as Sierra Leone, Indonesia, Montserrat, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Thailand to protect these unique places, and we've had some great successes. Check out our brilliant new rainforest pages to see what we're talking about.

But tropical rainforests are in trouble. Every four seconds, an area the size of a football pitch is still being chopped down for commercial gain. This is driven by the demand for paper and wood, for land to grow crops like palm oil and to provide pasture for livestock. In some cases it's illegal.

We can't solve the enormous problem of deforestation alone. To save tropical rainforests, we need people like you to join in the fight. We're working together with organisations, businesses and governments to protect those areas that are left.

We're making 2012 the year we push even harder to save tropical forests forever.

We'll be increasing our efforts and will continue to call on governments and businesses around the world to step up.

You can step up too - we'll be providing lots of ideas to help you do something small that can make a big difference.

Together we can step up and save tropical rainforests!

Happy New Year

Tim Stowe
RSPB Director of International Operations

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