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, February 13, 2012

BIG CAT NEWS: It's a strange and small world

The hunt for British Big Cats attracts far more newspaper column inches than any other cryptozoological subject.

There are so many of them now that we feel that they should be archived in some way by us, so we should have a go at publishing a regular round-up of the stories as they come in.

It takes a long time to do, and is a fairly tedious task, so I am not promising that they will be done each day, but I will do them as regularly as I can. JD

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Big cat print found in Calderdale?
The mystery of the Calderdale catbeast took a new turn with the discovery of this huge paw print. It is the second time the big cat – thought to be a black panther ...
Read on...

The peculiar thing here is not that I agree with them - I do. It is the fact that they cite me as the person who originally drew their attention to this case in this very column. Truly it is a small world, and getting smaller.

Although this column is fundamentally about the British alien big cat phenomenon, it is interesting to see how the concept has become part of the mass psyche of the English speaking world. Here are two articles from radically different publications which address ABCs, and demonstrate this unarguable point.

Britton hopes to educate about big cats - News and Gossip - Yahoo ...
Ben Britton hopes that Big Cat Week can educate viewers about the majestic animals and their rapidly declining numbers.

Are Alien Big Cats stalking your players?
So let's turn to the stranger sort of news that we can find in the real world, and look at what cryptozoologists call Alien Big Cats. After all, every GM should know ...

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