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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Friday, July 20, 2012

ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

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

From Nick Redfern's World of Whatever:
From CFZ Australia:
From CFZ Canada:


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.

Biologists ID Holden mystery beast – Out There - BDN Maine Blogs
By John Holyoke
Instead, Newcomb watched as a large cat prowled up the edge of her 1000-foot-long driveway, stopping periodically to mark its territory. Newcomb grabbed her camera, hurried downstairs, and took the shot you're seeing today. “At first, you ...

Okotoks cougar sighting
660 News
RCMP say the cougar wandered into a garage on Friday; When the homeowner opened the garage Saturday the big cat ran into a green space area off the backyard. Mounties are asking residents of Okotoks to be on the lookout for the animal and take the ...

Amur leopard: Cameras catch ultra-rare big cat in north-east China ...
By admin
Amur leopard: Cameras catch ultra-rare big cat in north-east China. Related posts: Liger: Ultra-rare tiger/lion hybrid born at China's Yancheng Wildlife Park · Raw Video: German Park Shows Amur Leopard Cub · Cameras catch prize-fighting ...

Community sees fourth big cat sighting
Police are warning people in one community to watch out for mountain lions.

PHOTOS: Meet Whiting Ranch's Captive Cougar
The big cat, which was captured in Whiting Ranch early Tuesday, got the paparazzi treatment that afternoon at Lake Forest's Serrano Animal & Bird Hospital, where it was surrounded by wide-eyed shutterbugs as it reclined in a cage in a clinic backroom.

Cougar attacks horse near Lewiston
... Idaho Department of Fish and Game say a horse was attacked by a cougar just outside the north-central Idaho town of Lewiston. Conservation officer Mark Hill says the department has issued a kill permit for the cougar and a hunter is trying to track ...

Cougar attacks horse in Idaho; residents now worried about kids
Conservation officer Mark Hill says the department has issued a kill permit for the cougar and a hunter is trying to track the big cat. The 8-year-old bay mare named Dyna was pastured just outside the city limits when it was attacked on Sunday. The ...

Mountain Lion Captured: OC Cat Being Held In Exotic Feline Breeding ...
Huffington Post
A young male mountain lion is resting comfortably in a private zoo after officials from the California department of Fishing and Game trapped and captured the big cat Tuesday morning. The feline, which had first been spotted July 9 at the Whiting Ranch ...

First Snow Leopards Captured, Collared And Released In Afghanistan
The big cats will be tracked by WSC to better understand their behavior and range of travel. So far, the first snow leopard, Pahlawan, released on May 27 has traveled more than 125 kilometers; while the second cat, Khani Wakhai, released on June 8, has ...Cougar makes rare appearance in UP
The Detroit News
A rare daytime photograph of a cougar roaming in the Upper Peninsula is bolstering arguments of wildlife experts that the big cats are doing well in Michigan. The Michigan Wildlife Conservancy —a nonprofit organization formed in 1982 — released a photo ...Police Reports
Marinscope Community Newspapers
A resident reported a large mountain lion on the property. The cat took off before officers arrived. Woman down: Bridgeway. A woman who had been drinking was reportedly lying on the ground. A friend of the subject arrived and took responsibility for her.
Cheetahs escape from zoo
Austrian Times
The female big cat named Juvi fled its enclosure on July 1 and was able to run around the surrounding residential neighbourhood for a number of hours before being caught. And it wasn't the first time the wild animal had been given a taste of freedom.
Lion kills farmer in Amreli village
Indian Express
Forest officials said they have launched a hunt for the big cat, fearing the animal may attack villagers again. Jasadhar range deputy forest officer J K Makwana said, “Bhikha Jalu (50) was sleeping outside his home at his farm in Nagheri village of Jaffrabad ...Mountain lion captured in OC is moved to private zoo
Los Angeles Times
A battery of tests, including blood work, chemical panels and disease screens have come back normal, said Dr. Scott Weldy, the Lake Forest veterinarian who has been caring for the big cat since it was captured in Whiting Ranch. The mountain lion is being ...Possible panther sightings put Mantua on alert
Deputies set up trail cameras in the area, but they have photos of everything except the mystery cat in question. According to the sheriff's office, they believe the animal was a pet that someone released. The Portage County Sheriff's Office is working ...Biologists ID Holden mystery beast – Out There - BDN Maine Blogs
By John Holyoke
Kemper takes no pleasure in shooting down mountain lion sightings, or in refuting the claims of mystery beasts. The DIF&W fields “dozens and dozens” of reports of big cats each year, according to Kemper, and they take each seriously.
Ontario cougar mystery deepens
Nanda Guha, the owner of Guha's Tiger and Lion Farm in Utterson, Ont., near where a cougar attacked and killed a family dog before police shot the big cat dead, said he's been fielding numerous phone calls and repeated visits from the police, but the ...



Following on from my two most recent ShukerNature blog posts (click here and here to view them), here is a third one that once again links a couple of my greatest interests – natural history and philately.

Thanks to my trio of definitive books documenting them (The Lost Ark, 1993; The New Zoo, 2002; and The Encyclopaedia of New and Rediscovered Animals, 2012), I am more readily associated with zoological arrivals and revivals than I am with extinct and endangered species.

So now, by way of contrast and compensation, this present ShukerNature blog post surveys a varied selection of the most famous and extraordinary residents of Nature’s missing menagerie of vanished creatures. Although they are represented nowadays only by lifeless museum specimens and a few faded photographs, their original beauty and grandeur is recaptured for all time in numerous modern-day works of art – including, as selected from my own personal collection of wildlife-themed postage stamps and presented here, an eyecatching gallery of the philatelic variety.

Read on...

HAUNTED SKIES: Sun (The) 28.11.67.



The weather is much improved and it almost feels like a proper English summer here at last. Basically we are hoping that the weather will continue like this for a few more days so Graham can do the next bout of repairs that need to be done on the roof...

One of the traditional aspects of the British summer is the rock festival, where thousands of folk sit in a muddy field and listen to Hawkwind. And it is nice to see that on the outskirts of Bristol, Brisfest are continuing with this fine tradition...

Support for Michael Des Barres' new album 'Carnaby Street' continues apace, and Michael himself writes with some exciting news about a new celebrity endorsement..

And we have another great review for Rick Wakeman's new live album...

I know that a lot of Jon Anderson's British fans have been looking wistfully at the parade of eulogistic reviews that I have been posting here on the Gonzo Daily, describing his recent US concerts in such terms that tempt us to fly across the Atlantic poste haste. That would, by the way, be pretty silly as the tour is now over. However, we have exciting news. Guess who will be appearing at Sadler's Wells next month?

Chris Thompson's new live album/DVD is getting solid reviews from his fanbase across Europe. Today, a Dutch review of this perrenial Gonzo Daily favourite.

This is the third day running that we have celebrated Erik Norlander's Portguese language following. And it is the third day on the trot I have spelt Portuguese correctly. Today Erik meets the Boys from Brazil...

And that is it for today. I am going off to crawl into a small burrow somewhere. Toodle-ooh

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1983 the world's lowest natural temperature, −89.2 °C , was recorded at Vostok Station, Antartica.

And now the news:

Baby it's cold outside:


DALE DRINNON: Sharing with Igor Bourtsev

Long-delayed posting at the Frontiers of Zoology:

Which gives some information that Igor Bourtsev and I have bounced off of each other on Facebook about the end of June.
Best Wishes, Dale D.

HAUNTED SKIES: Sun (The) 28.8.67