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, August 03, 2012


Yesterday Corinna informed me with a quiet smile that she had posted the 9,000th news item on the newsblog.

I think she (and Gavin before her) have done jolly well.

HAUNTED SKIES: Times (The) 5.9.67



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 related stories from around the world.

First of all, however, we would like to present a number of articles both for and against a recent tourism ban in India, which - it is claimed - will help Tiger conservation. But will it?

Tourists banned in core areas of two tiger reserves in Tamil Nadu
Coimbatore: Tourists have been banned in two major tiger reserves in Coimbatore and Nilgiris districts, following the ban ordered by Supreme Court on tourism in core areas of big cat sanctuaries across the country. Officials have banned the entry of tourists ...
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Tourism ban trips poaching alarm in core tiger areas
Times of India
KOLKATA: A bulk of poaching cases this year has been reported from buffer areas of tiger reserves across the country, leaving conservationists and forest officials to wonder about the effectiveness of the ban on tourism in the big cat's core habitats. Activists ...

Tourists banned in core areas of two tiger reserves in TN
Coimbatore, Jul 25 (PTI) Tourists have been banned in two major tiger reserves in Coimbatore and Nilgiris districts, following the ban ordered by Supreme Court on tourism in core areas of big cat sanctuaries across the country. Tourists were thronging major ...

SC orders ban on tourism in core areas of tiger reserves
Business Standard
Taking strong note of some states failing to implement its directions to conserve the big cat, the Supreme Court today ordered that tourism be banned in core areas of tiger reserves across the country till further directions. A bench of justices Swatanter Kumar ...

India bans tiger tourism in core parks in bid to boost big cat population
Daily Mail
India's tigers have long been a key attraction for tourists heading to the country - with specialist protected parks offering the opportunity to spot the elusive cats. But a new ruling by India's Supreme Court could see an end to the industry, after it banned tourism ...

Tiger myths
Indian Express
However, the Supreme Court's ban on tourism in core areas of tiger reserves raises questions on how it should be done, and whether a draconian clampdown on tourism is the best way to protect the big cat. The interim order, which is in force till the court ...

Tourism ban will not help the Big Cat
Hindu Business Line
In both Panna and Sariska, the forest officers went to great lengths to deny that the parks were without a single big cat. The unscientific relocation in Sariska has been a double disaster. These are the very people who will run tiger parks across India, if the new ...

Tourists don't kill tigers
Daily Pioneer
The apex court's order tends to give the impression that the tourists who swarm to have a glimpse of the big cat are a threat to the very survival of the tigers, and that once these onlookers are blocked from entering the tigers' sanctum sanctorum, the big cats ...

Big cat order spells big worry for Ministry
Daily Pioneer
The tiger conservationists have hailed the recent Supreme Court order banning tourism in core areas, but the Environment Ministry is in quandary on the implementation of the directives within three weeks. Despite a previous April 3 SC order, many States are ...

Argentines study tiger reserves in State
Deccan Herald
There are many problems here too, but you have successfully protected the big cat. In Argentina, we have less problems, but are unable to protect jaguars.” Simenez said India's wildlife management reputation is good worldwide. This country will be a good ...

Will banning 'tiger tourism' save the big cats from extincti... - Care2 ...
By Cher C.
The Supreme Court order banning tourism in core areas of tiger reserves has exposed the rift between profit-making lobby of tour operators, many of whom are hand-in-glove with a section of tiger activists and the conservation biologists who ...

Killing the big cat for money
Daily Pioneer
One has watched with increasing dismay the hysteria and mayhem (pretty much like 'tiger tourism' itself!), that has surrounded the interim order of the Supreme Court prohibiting tourism in legally notified core areas of tiger reserves for a four-week period ...

Stay out of tiger territory!
Kuensel, Buhutan's National Newspaper
Livestock Predation: When livestock predation by a big cat becomes frequent, farmers or forest officials either cull them, or capture and send them to a zoo to prevent further attacks. With regards to the recent case at Nubi gewog in Trongsa, where, on the night ...

And now for the rest of the news

Huffington Post
Animal Control arrived on the scene to assure a panicked Bradham that the big cat was no more interested in napping or eating than a Hello Kitty doll. It was all a prank intended to scare another neighbor, but Bradham spotted the lion first. WATCH the video ...

Mountain Lion killed outside Turlock home
Fish and Game officials said they are not sure why there has been an uptick in sightings of the animals in recent months, with three in the last month, including a man who was attacked by a big cat in his sleeping bag near Nevada City on July 3rd, and a ...

Boys who cried 'Tiger' say sorry for scare
The Local.de
Four Bavarian boys who cried “Tiger” and sparked a huge police hunt for an escaped big cat have been told off by a judge. Three of the four will spend time in youth detention. Crop circle feud leaves farmer fuming (26 Jul 12); Live wolves in dance show 'the ...

Dog reports jar head cat at large
A cat with a jar on its head could remain at large in Picton today, after a dog raised the alarm. Picton man John Burton said his jack russell Molly alerted him to the frantic feline by barking up a tree at a neighbour's house on Russell St in Picton at about 8am ...

More mountain lions roaming near Missoula
KAJ18 Kalispell Montana News
MISSOULA - Officials say folks can expect more sightings of big cats around western Montana. That news comes on the heels of last week's encounter in the Blackfoot Valley where woman saw a mountain lion eyeing one of her children at Harpers Lake.

Wild animal sightings
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission says the best way to keep big cats and coyotes away from your property is to make sure you don't leave any food or garbage out to attract them. Bennett says he left the bob cat on the road but he wishes he would ...

Wild animal sightings - FOX16.com Little Rock, AR
"The wildlife was here first right?" Goad says beside coyote and fox sightings there are big cats too. "Bob cats and mountain lions are secretive animals. You won't see them. They don't want to be seen, and they see and hear you before you do ...

Cougars are on the prowl in OKC! | The Lost Ogle
By Patrick
N. of Guthrie is a spot in the road called wild cat curve. Hmmm wonder how it got that name? Reply. Hobo Joe says: July 31, 2012 at 1:30 pm. Did you know that there's a major thoroughfare named “Big Beaver Road” in the Detroit Metro Area?

More North Canton residents report seeing large cat
Canton Repository
At least two more people have reported seeing a cougar or large tan cat in the city during the last five days, and in both sightings an animal may have left tracks. On Saturday, a man who declined to give his name called police around 10 a.m. and reported that ...

Three sightings of large cat reported in North Canton, police say
On July 28, North Canton police officers snapped photos of paw prints to send to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources after a big cat sighting. (Photo courtesy: North Canton police) Copyright 2012 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may ...

Cougar kills dog, moves on
Squamish Chief
The recent killing of a small dog in Brackendale, probably by a cougar, did not prompt conservation officers to alert residents of any potential danger because the big cat didn't cause any subsequent problems in the area, an official said this week. The incident ...

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:


Having treated my latest bout of bipolar in an unconventional fashion that usually works for me, I feel much better this morning, and ready to face the world. I am expecting the authors of the British UFO encyclopaedia at about 3:00, and in the meantime I am enjoying the excellent new 'Flaming Lips' album, and getting on with bloggystuff...

It is always nice when we can give stuff away here on the blog. Those jolly nice people Iona are giving away a free album. I will be downloading my copy later on today. I am getting fond of their singular brand of Celtic music..

I really enjoyed the first of Tony Hawks' feature films, and am looking forward to watching the second. maybe I will be able to tonight after the UFO folk have gone. In the meantime, the man himself has written to me with an impressive list of testimonials for it.

In all the years that I have been following Yes, they have always seemed to be very guarded in interviews and have given very little away. Recently, however, that seems to have changed, and the latest round of interviews have been rather revealing...

I am very fond of Erik Norlander. He is a massively talented chap and a marvellous musician. I am not at all surprised that he is getting such enthusiastic reviews for his two latest releases on Gonzo Multimedia; DC/DVD packages featuring his band ' The Galactis Collective'.

Martin Stephenson is a great songwriter, but one of the things that distinguishes him is his humanity. He is a very humble and gentle chap, and wherever he goes he makes new musical friends. Me for one.

When I was a young hippy anarchist all those years ago, a lot was talked about the concept of the 'Global Village'. I always loved the idea that all the peoples of the world would be united through the mystick power of rock and roll, and although I never really thought it through it was a concept that stuck itself deep in my psyche. Now I am a middle-aged and fairly battered hippy anarchist I am particularly impressed by the way that Gonzo artists are loved and appreciated across the globe. I take a childlike delight in reposting all the foreign reviews I can find, like this one from Israel...

And that, my dear fellows (and fellowesses) is that for today. See you tomorrow, which being sunday will be done in verse..

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1875 Hans Christian Anderson died. Anderson was the author of many popular fairy tales that have traumatised young children for generations and usually involve the title characters dying in fruitless gestures, like The Little Mermaid, The Little Matchgirl and The Steadfast Tin Soldier. Well I guess it's best that the little kiddy-winks learn the lesson that no deed of kindness goes unpunished early.

And now the news:

The 99%:



Is this the Loch Ness monster?

Nessie hunter's photo hailed the 'best ever'

Loch Ness Monster

THIS photo showing strange hump poking out the water is being hailed as proof the Loch Ness monster exists.

Nessie hunter George Edwards took the amazing picture while taking tourists out on his boat Nessie Hunter IV.

Read on...

HAUNTED SKIES: Times (The) 2.11.67.

DALE DRINNON: Bigfoot evidence

Bigfoot Evidence now posts selected messages at Frontiers of Zoology. Here is the first one:

KARL SHUKER: Washington's eagle and other North American giant mystery eagles

Even though celebrated American naturalist-artist John James Audubon (1785-1851) produced some of the most spectacular paintings of North American wildlife ever created, he has also stirred up a degree of controversy among ornithologists, because his artwork includes depictions of certain birds that cannot be identified with any species known to present-day science. Most of these feathered mysteries are small, relatively nondescript perching birds, but there is one big (indeed, very big) exception – Washington’s eagle. Read on...