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, April 02, 2012


A few days back we posted a video which - it has been claimed - shows a bigfoot, filmed in Idaho. Now a person claiming to be responsible for filming the clip has come forward..



CITES Notification No. 2012/031


Prohibition of import of certain snakes into the United States of America

1. This Notification is being distributed at the request of the United States of America.

2. The United States wishes to inform CITES Parties that, since 23 March 2012, import into the United States of the following snakes have been prohibited:
- Eunectes notaeus (the yellow anaconda);
- Python molurus [which includes Python molurus bivittatus (the Burmese
python) and Python molurus molurus (the Indian python)];
- Python natalensis (the Southern African python); and
- Python sebae (the African python).

3. These four large non-native snakes are listed as "injurious wildlife" (effective 23 March 2012) under newly revised federal regulations (50 CFR 16) that implement injurious-wildlife provisions of the Lacey Act. In addition to domestic prohibitions, the new listing makes it illegal to import live specimens (including gametes, viable eggs and hybrids) of these snakes into the United States without an injurious-wildlife permit. The import prohibition includes a ban on shipments containing these snakes transiting through the United States on their way to other countries.

4. The listing does not prohibit the import into the United States of dead specimens of these snakes or of products made from dead specimens.



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

Rabbit caught by big cat nr Mayfield - BIGCATSINSUSSEX
A jogger running along a quiet road near Mayfield,East Sussex saw a collie-sized black big cat carrying a rabbit or a hare by the neck,there are the odd hare in...

Only one report today, and there is no picture. But the story is a credible one....

RICHARD MUIRHEAD: A South African Oarfish

The following article appeared in the Rand Daily Mail, Johannesburg on July 26th 1910. It probably refers to the Oar Fish, but I`m not absolutely certain.

A strange fish was washed up on the beach in Struis Bay during the week says the Cape Times. It measured 10 feet 4 inches From nose to tip of tail, and 12 inches broad. It somewhat resembled the sole, being perfectly flat, and tapered off to three inches at the tail. It had a dorsal fin running from back of the head right to tip of tail and two small fins behind the gills. It also had four streamers on the top, and three or four under the head. These varied from 3 ft four inches to 3 ½ feet and were composed of five/fine (?) thin bones running parallel , and held together and covered by a thin red skin, which looked exactly like a piece of thin red ribbon rooted to the head. It had no scales, and was covered by dark brown spots, the size of a sixpence. The oldest fishermen hear has never seen such a peculiar specimen. It would be interesting to have enlightenment, writes a correspondent. (1)

1. Rand Daily Mail July 26th 1910

ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

News and stories from the remoter fringes of the CFZ blogosphere...

From CFZ Australia:

From CFZ Canada:

HAUNTED SKIES: Sunday Mirror 18.9.66


OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1888 Emma Smith was murdered in Whitechapel, London. Some Ripperolgists consider her to have been an early victim of Jack the Ripper but this is thought by most Ripperologists to be unlikely due to the marked difference in modus operandi.

And now the news:

Dead wolf photos stir tensions in West
Tiger Mauls Wildlife Filmmaker John Varty
Warm, Comfy Mice Make Better Lab Specimens
Why Some Animals Live Longer Than Others
Bees Self-Medicate To Fight Off Fungus
Hundreds of herons nest in Somerset wood
Good News for Norwegian Polar Bears: PCBs Levels D...
Snail that eats crabs in Queensland
Sussex bird sanctuary objects to clay pigeon shoot...
Beware Bullwinkle! Alaska Woman Pets Moose
Toads moved for new Jaguar Land Rover plant
Is there a hairy humanoid in the hills?

Speaking of Whitechapel, I recommend you seek out the 3rd series when it is released on DVD if you like creepy and atmospheric mystery drama:


DALE DRINNON: Plesiosaur vs Longnecked seal. maps of the ancient sea kings, Benny's Blog

Catching up time
New at Frontiers of Zoology:
Dale's Turn at The Plesiosaur Vs Longnecked Seal Theory:

New at Frontiers of Anthropology:
Kakha Margiani guest blog on Maps of The Ancient Sea Kings and Atlantis, Part 2

On Benny's Blog,


CRYPTOZOOLOGY ONLINE: On The Track (Of Unknown Animals) Episode 56

The latest episode of our monthly webTV show from the CFZ and CFZtv, bringing you news on our activities within cryptozoology and natural history as well as the latest cryptozoological, and monster-hunting news from around the world.

This episode brings you:

CFZ in spring
Russia expedition
Almasty droppings
Saskia the intern
Waders on Northam Burrows: Oyster catchers
Trail cams
A penguin in the woods?
Mystery cat research
Strange beast in Illinois
Feeding seagulls
Corinna looks at out of place birds
New and Rediscovered: New gecko
New and Rediscovered: New shark
New and Rediscovered: New frog