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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Wednesday, June 06, 2012


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A pack of hairless critters that has taken to a patch of woods just north of U.S. 183 and RM 1431 in Cedar Park has people in the area wondering if the creatures could be the legendary chupacabra. Authorities, however, are blaming the sightings on mangy coyotes. Read on...

HAUNTED SKIES: Daily Telegraph 23.6.67



And so thursday is upon us. Graham is still away visiting his mother and seeing Hawkwind (not necessarily in that order) and yesterday we discovered for the second year running that our Rio Cauca caecilians have bred. As far as I am aware we are the only people in Britain to have bred them twice.

We also have some jolly postings for you here on Gonzo Daily.

We start off with news about the special edition of Michael Des Barres new album (which comes out next month). I am very much looking forward to it:

We also have an interesting remix of one of the spacier tracks on Mimi Page's album:

There is news of a special acoustic concert by Rick and Oliver Wakeman:

And whilst on the subject of 'Yes' alumni, here is a video of Jon Anderson on Stipko Live:

We have Rob Ayling in a coon-skin cap. Why? We cannot say:

And there is a link top a review of 'Orfeas' by the mighty Judge Smith:

And finally guest blogger Richard Freeman says goodbye to Ray Bradbury, the writer who directly influenced Robert Calvert's Centigrade 232:

See you tomorrow...

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1931 the actress Virginia McKenna was born. She stared with her husband, Bill Travers, in the films “Born Free” and the child traumatising “Ring of Bright Water”. They were both also instrumental in the founding of the born free foundation.

And now the news:

A lovely film (until about 10 minutes from the end) :


CRYPTOZOOLOGY ONLINE: On The Track (Of Unknown Animals) Episode 58

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 summer
Harvest mouse
Small mammal trapping
Trail cams at Ashcroft
Roe deer
Short tailed Vole
Diamond Jubilee
Very large `owl pellets`
Owl pellet experiments
Yeti DNA project
Mystery cats in Cumbria
Corinna looks at out of place birds
New and Rediscovered: New yellow frog
New and Rediscovered: New lizard
New and Rediscovered: New skink


It may be the 21st Century – an ultra-technological age of cyberspace, DNA analyses, and subatomic particle physics - but the old traditions have far from vanished. In countless cultures worldwide, there still exists a tenacious, deep-rooted belief in therianthropy – the supposed ability of certain humans to transform themselves into animals. Werewolves are perhaps the most famous example, but many others are on record, including were-leopards, were-crocodiles, were-pigs, were-tigers, and were-hyaenas, to name but a few. One of the most extraordinary, however, are the encantado – the ‘enchanted ones’ – whose reality is still fervently asserted in many parts of South America, including Peru, Venezuela, and, especially, Brazil.

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Alison Rieser

The journals of early maritime explorers traversing the Atlantic Ocean often describe swarms of sea turtles, once a plentiful source of food. Many populations had been decimated by the 1950s, when Archie Carr and others raised public awareness of their plight. One species, the green turtle, has been the most heavily exploited due to international demand for turtle products, especially green turtle soup. The species has achieved some measure of recovery due to thirty years of conservation efforts, but remains endangered.

In The Case of the Green Turtle, Alison Rieser provides an unparalleled look into the way science and conservation interact by focusing on the most controversial aspect of green turtle conservation—farming. While proponents argued that farming green sea turtles would help save them, opponents countered that it encouraged a taste for turtle flesh that would lead to the slaughter of wild stocks. The clash of these viewpoints once riveted the world.

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Whilst the focus of the CFZ Mystery Cat study group is predominantly the search for proof of the British big cats, it would be unrealistic to forget that this is only part of a global mystery cat phenomenon.

Here are a selection of mystery cat stories from around the world:

'Carrabelle Cat' par for the course?Apalachicola Times
A worker at a local golf course believes he spotted a big cat on the green. Back in 2009, another Carrabelle man first -stirred controversy when he posted a video, that he alleged was of a large black cat, photographed in Tate's Hell, on the internet.

'Cougar Team' springs into action
Toledo Blade
The job seems difficult enough as it is -- examining grainy photos of animal tracks, reviewing often wild-eyed personal accounts of close encounters, and even sorting through piles of scat -- all while attempting to determine if a big cat is present or ...

Mountain lion spotted Wednesday in Arcata

The mountain lion was lying in the caller's yard at about 8:45 pm, but when officers responded, the big cat ran into the nearby forest, according to the Arcata Police Department. The mountain lion was not acting in a threatening manner, according to ...

PHOTOS: Mountain lion roaming in Morrison

Jefferson County Sheriff was called to keep an eye on the big cat. (PHOTO CREDIT: Paul Jacobson) MORRISON - Around 9:30 am on Friday, a mountain lion was spotted in a tree in Morrison, Colorado. Jefferson County Sheriff was called to keep an eye on the ...

On the trail of the big cat
Courier Tribune, Asheboro

“Somebody in Denton had a deer camera set up and had pics of a big cat and ... “ Maybe the big cat will eat the big snake that has been lying across my back ...