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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Thursday, March 08, 2012

DALE DRINNON: The Elemental Lizard-man of Chile, and giant catfishes

New at the Frontiers of Zoology: the Elemental Lizardman of Chile, the Cherufe:


And More on Giant Catfishes:


Here is an unusually marked skin mounted trout. Well, its actually a intergeneric hybrid that is occasionally produced naturally in the wild but more frequently and reliably with intervention by man, they are sterile.

Anyway, I was wondering if any of you guys can guess what it is?

KARL SHUKER: Blue rhinoceros - in quest of the keitloa

During the 1800s, the standard natural history tomes documented a number of intriguing animals that seem to have slipped quietly into obscurity today. One such ex-creature is a mysterious African rhino - the exotic-sounding blue rhinoceros.

Read on...


received an email from a witness a while back recounting his previously unpublicised story of a sighting in Loch Oich. Since such reports are few and far between, this seemed a good point to first recount the story of the Loch Oich Monster. Or should I say the Loch Ness Monster in Loch Oich for there is little doubt in my mind that any such reports are in fact our own Nessie travelling incognito. My reasoning for this position are four fold:

Check it out...

BIG CAT NEWS: Gloucestershire, Ripon and more...

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

Big cat's howl heard
This is Gloucestershire

BIG cat believers and deniers have been out in force after an alleged sighting in the Forest. John Powell and his Labrador cross TJ heard a howl and saw green eyes, apparently a cat stalking them in woodland near Ellwood. Big cat tracker Frank...

Big cat DNA tests reveal it's a domestic moggie
This is Gloucestershire

DNA analysis of suspected big cat fur in the county reveals it's from a domestic moggie. University of Warwick,conducted a further test on hair taken from an empty building where a suspected big cat was sighted near Dursley. This is after its experts ...This is Gloucestershire

And once again it all happens in Gloucestershire. A new story for Frank Tunbridge (I really like the cut of this man's jib, and would like to meet him some day) and a disappointing result from some hair analysis. But now over to Yorkshire where, ignoring the fact that someone involved in all this doesn't know the difference between a panther and a puma, there is a very interesting sighting...

In the News tomorrow - Shipley Country Park's possible panther

Ripley Today

A distressed woman phoned officers just after 2pm on Thursday, when she and two friends saw what they thought was a big cat prowling the grounds of the popular nature spot. The friends said they saw the creature, generally indigenous to South America, ...

It was big, it was black, it had a long tail. WEe've heard that all before, but here another local official admits that these reports are a regular occurrence. And our very own Lindsay Selby comments on the recent Corpach footprints:

cryptozoo-oscity: Monster and big cat news from the Scottish highlands

"I suppose a big dog could have been responsible but they look more like a very big cat's prints to me."I found the prints just below my living room window, ...

NICK REDFERN: When the going gets hot, the squirrels get going (or something like that)

Well, after a week and a half of pneumonia, feeling like hell, dropping 7 pounds, and looking as pale as a ghost, I'm up and running again - which means, of course, more photos from my collection, which varies from the intriguing to the absurd!

I'm not sure where, exactly, this picture fits in. But, what the hell.
Read on...

ROBERT SCHNECK: Hubcaptivating

An artist turning hubcaps into animal sculptures; you've read that story a hundred times before. They're usually kind of cute and everyone can feel good about recycling. Bradford-based artist, Ptolemy Elrington, however, is doing something rather spectacular. Look at the sinewy lines of his shark, and the Gothic tracery of the owl with BMW eyes. Read more, and see pictures of a dragon, an armadillo, and a hubcap German Shepherd,at: http://www.odditycentral.com/pics/british-artist-turns-lost-hub-caps-into-amazing-animal-sculptures.html

HAUNTED SKIES: Times (The) 28.8.65

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

Yesterday’s News Today


On this day in 2011 the space shuttle Discovery landed for the last time.

And now the news:

Using a Gun in Bear Encounters Doesn't Make You Sa...
Bats in northern Australian town prompt disease wa...
Aggressive Turkey, Named 'Godzilla,' Stalks Detroi...
Dinosaur Guts Reveal Velociraptor's Last Meal
Shark found dead in blaze at bungalow
Grave costs of tortoise paperwork operation
Virus threatening Critically Endangered Mauritius ...
Rhino wars – 7th March 2012
Standing Still in Running Water: Lotic Dragon and ...

Bud-a-bow-bow… the fiiiinnnnaalll touchdown:


DALE DRINNON: Atlantis/Primate Family Tree

Maps and Charts Time:

New on the Frontiers of Anthropology:

New on the Frontiers of Zoology:

CFZ NEW ZEALAND: Search for the last Kakapo

A Conservation Department (DOC) team flew to Fiordland - the endangered birds' last mainland stronghold - in the hope of finding evidence of their existence in historic breeding areas. The trip was sparked by a credible-sounding report from trampers that the ground-dwelling parrot's distinctive "booming", or mating call, was heard in the remote Transit Valley, near Milford Sound, on New Year's Day.

Read on...