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, September 10, 2012


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 by us in some way, so we should have a go at publishing a regular round-up of the stories as they come in. In September 2012, Emma Osborne decided that the Mystery Cat Study Group really deserved a blog of its own within the CFZ Blog Network.

Here are the latest postings:

Emma's big cat diary
NEWSLINK: North African cheetahs born at Whipsnade...
SIGHTING: Mystery of capital’s big cat sighting 10...
FROM THE ARCHIVES: Footage of a big cat in Shropsh...
FROM THE ARCHIVES: New Jersey Mystery Cat, 1987
NEWSLINK: Bhutanese big cats
NEWSLINK: Leopard found dead in India
NEWSLINK: Puma conservation exhibit in Arizona
SIGHTING: Rottingdean, Sussex, September 2012
NEWSLINK: Daring ... Cameron Diaz frolics with a c...
NEWSLINK: Florida Fish and Wildlife Charts Next St...
NEWSLINK: Tiger attack in India

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 Canada:
  • Here We Go Loup Garou — Everything you could ever want to know about the Canadian werewolf ("le loup garou" in French)...

DALE DRINNON: Giant lizards

New on Frontiers of Zoology, from an interview on Facebook over this weekend:


Willkommen, beinvenue, welcome. I am in a particularly jolly mood today. One of the good bits about having Mental Health issues, is although one can wake up feeling absolutely terrible for no good reason, one occasionally wakes up feeling full of the joys of spring even though it is the autumn. Again, for no good reason. Today is one of those days. We also have the lovely Miss Heard in the office later on..

Hawkwind are in Poland, and have done something mightily peculiar; they did a dual-vocal version of "Sonic Attack" - the English bits done by Mr Dibbs, alternating with the Polish translation - sentence by sentence. Interestingly, the stage backdrop shows the words "Prosze Panikowac" at one point, which Google Languages translates as "Please Panic" rather than the more well-known "Do Not Panic."

Dan Wooding sent me this - an insightful review of his new biography of Rick Wakeman (which is, by the way, jolly good, and you all should go out and buy it if you have not done so already)

"Now, more than ever, we need real Rock and Roll to unite and heal," says Paul Ill in another communique from Michael Des Barres' rock and roll revolutionary politbureau. The groovy streetfight continues.

If one were to make a list of the absolutely cosmickest (if there is such a word, which if not there bloody well should be) guitarists of all time, I could not imagine that Steve Hillage would be anywhere outside the top three. Today we present an insightful and eminently groovy interview with him...

Captain Beefheart was one of the true originals, and it is one of my favourite things about being a Gonzoscribe is that I am in the enviable position of being able to burble on about him to my heart's content. BTW Jess H has arrived and I am introducing her to the joys of 'Bluejeans and Moonbeams' (I thought it would be better to ease her in slowly before plaing 'Lick my Decals off baby'..

Paul Kantner is, as I have said on multiple occasions in these pages, one of the men that I admire most within Rock and Roll, which is why I always post links to interviews with him and his compadres at every possible opportunity.

The Gonzo Daily is a two way process. If you have any news or want to write for us, please contact me at jon@eclipse.co.uk. If you are an artist and want to showcase your work, or even just say hello please write to me at gonzo@cfz.org.uk. Please copy, paste and spread the word about this magazine as widely as possible. We need people to read us in order to grow, and as soon as it is viable we shall be invading more traditional magaziney areas. Join in the fun, spread the word, and maybe if we all chant loud enough we CAN stop it raining. See you tomorrow

HAUNTED SKIES: Sun (The) 7.9.68.


OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1961 the World Wildlife Fund was founded.

And now the news:

4 baby pandas playing on a slide (there's no way you're going to ignore the vaguely related video link today is there?) :