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, March 25, 2012

BIG CAT NEWS: Mystery cat stories from around the world

Although the main focus of the Big Cat Study Group is the search for British Big Cats, it would be unwise to forget that this seems to be a truly global phenomenon, so once in a while we give you a round up of mystery cat news from around the world...

By Rick Meril

Officially, cougars were considered to have been wiped out by the early 1900s across all of Eastern Canada, but a recently published four-year study confirmed that though the big cats remain elusive, they are once again living wild in Ontario.

The big cat was seen at about 9 am in the first block of Bel Roche Court. Residents who see a mountain lion are advised never to approach the animal. Anyone who encounters a mountain lion should face the animal, make noise and try to appear larger by ...

But the officials remained suspicious whether there's truth to the big cat sighting because of a lack of evidence. The Waunakee Tribune this week reported the state Department of Natural Resources had confirmed a local cougar sighting, after someone ...

BIG CAT NEWS: The Farmers Weekly

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

Readers reveal their big cat stories

A recent Farmers Weekly poll revealed 58% of readers think big cats are

roaming wild in the UK countryside. Sarah Trickett collates some real-life reader encounters We live within Thetford Forest, the Suffolk side of the Little Ouse river where we farm ...

And that is all there is for today. I don't know why, but there has been a tremendous lessening off of reports over the last ten days or so. Just check out the frequency and length of the 'Big Cat News' reports here on the bloggo.


Manchester Monster Convention Happening in the UK April 14th and 15th
Dread Central
Talk by Richard Freeman, Zoological Director of the Centre for Fortean Zoology. 6pm - Monster Movie Triple-Bill. Island of Lost Souls, Lovecraft's Whisperer ...

CFZ PEOPLE: Ross Braund-Phillips

Happy Birthday to my nephew Ross who is 17 today. All these strapping young lads growing up are making me feel old and decrepit. What do you mean, I am old and decrepit?

Happy Birthday dude...

HAUNTED SKIES: Sun (The) 19.11.66

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1997 the 39 bodies of the Heaven’s Gate cult members that had participated in a mass suicide were found.

And now the news:

Orphaned gorilla trafficking in Congo
Linus the Long-Haired Wonder Horse
High price of chickens is no yolk at market
25,000 bees take over man's car
Prehistoric Creatures Come to Life at Auction
2.8m birds slaughtered last year
False Killer Whales Focus Sound Waves to 'See' Pre...
Illegal settlers seek permission to shoot every el...
Rhino wars - 21st March
Snout of order
Australian rescued after three-day croc ordeal
Amazing recycled dragons
Two Shark Attacks Within Minutes In Florida
Foresters spot 'mystery cat' in Sunderbans

This is one of the initiation tapes from the Heaven’s Gate doomsday cult. It’s hard to believe that people fall for these lunatic ravings but just in case you do I should probably remind you that mass suicides and giving a nutjob cult all your money isn’t cool and you shouldn’t do it.



My dear nephew David, pictured here with John Blashford-Snell, and some ageing hippy is 20 this weekend. It was actually yesterday, but as he is away until this evening, I am posting it today. Much love to you dear boy...

DALE DRINNON: Hopkinsville Goblins/Argentine cryptid

New on the Frontiers of Zoology for Sunday:
An updated overview on the Kelly-Hopkinsville Goblins from Kentucky in 1955, with some new information:

And another possible Cryptid photo from Argentina: