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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Thursday, September 27, 2012

CRYPTOLINK: Have you seen rare tigers in Monbulk?

Monbulk resident and ARFRA president Dorothy Williams believes thylacines are alive in the Dandenongs and wants people to report sightings.  Picture: LAWRENCE PINDER N14FP501
Monbulk resident and ARFRA president Dorothy Williams believes thylacines are alive in the Dandenongs and wants people to report sightings. Picture: LAWRENCE PINDER N14FP501
THE State Government says it's likely big cats don't exist - but Tasmanian Tigers may be roaming the hills.

A Monbulk group that investigates rare animals, believes Tasmanian Tigers - declared extinct last century - are alive and well and in the area.
The Australian Rare Fauna Research Association (ARFRA) is a voluntary organisation that records and investigates sightings of unusual animals.
ARFRA president Dorothy Williams said there have been sightings of Tasmanian Tigers (thylacine) in the area for many years, but with little publicity.

In modern times, the animals have been recorded as native to Tasmania, but scientists believe they were once widespread throughout mainland Australia and Papua New Guinea. "People have reported sightings of 'strange foxes' to us that we believe are thylacines," Ms Williams said.

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Fisher cat taxidermyWESTFIELD -- Police Detective Roxanne Bradley looks over a fisher cat and squirrel display found undamaged on a sidewalk in the city. They are looking for the owner.
WESTFIELD -- City police continue to ponder the mystery of the fisher cat and the squirrel.

The fisher cat -- a relative of weasels, otters and skunks known for its fierceness -- and the rodent play the starring roles in an unusual piece of taxidermy found alongside on North Road by a passerby early last week.

“It’s pretty cool,” said Capt. Hipolito Nunez of the tableau, which police have been holding for safekeeping in their evidence room. In the piece, the fisher cat appears poised to attack the branch-clinging squirrel -- now bushy-tailed with alarm for all eternity.

How it got to the side of North Road is anybody’s guess.

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LINK: Arctic Bigfoot? Balding polar bear? Inquiring minds want to know

Is there a Bigfoot on Alaska’s North Slope? One Barrow family thinks so, and it has them worried about a remote cabin property they own about 35 miles south of America’s northernmost community.

Sarah Skin has been camping at the cabin every year for the last half-century. In the last three years, she and her family say they've repeatedly seen 10-foot tall, bipedal creatures that are black, brown or grayish in color. Skin said that they've seen the creatures three years running, each time in the fall when the family heads to the cabin to hunt for caribou.

Before that, she’d never seen anything like the Bigfoot, as she refers to the mysterious beasts, anywhere near her cabin, located about halfway between Barrow and the community of Atqasuk.

“People from a long time ago used to see them, I guess,” Skin said. “I’m 50 years old and I've been camping out here my whole life, and I've never seen anything like this, ever.”

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HAUNTED SKIES: Times (The) 30.7.68.

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WATCHER OF THE SKIES: Today's Fortean bird news

After about six months of regular postings on the main bloggo, Corinna has taken the plunge and started a 'Watcher of the Skies' blog of her own as part of the CFZ Bloggo Network.

DALE DRINNON: Texas Wood Ape/Cuban Pyramids/Cedar and Willow

New on Frontiers of Zoology:
Blogger is doing OK for cutting and pasting at present but rotten for exposition. I had the part 2 ready on the last entry and early bird subscribers will have got the link notice for the part 2 already. But blogger ate it, that part no longer exists.and I shall have to do the entire thing over again from scratch.


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 is the latest tranche of news...

  • SIGHTING: The Beast of Burscough (Lancashire) with...
  • NEWSLINK: Australian mystery cats released by Amer...
  • SIGHTING: Australian "Black Cat as big as a fox" (...
  • SIGHTING: An Australian Mystery Cat
  • NEWSLINK: Sumatran Tiger breeding success

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    The Gonzo Daily is - as the name implies - a daily online magazine (mostly) about artists connected to the Gonzo Multimedia group of companies. But it also has other stuff as and when the editor feels like it. The Editor is an old hippy of 53 who - together with his orange cat - puts it all together from a converted potato shed in a tumbledown cottage deep in rural Devon. He is ably assisted by his lovely wife Corinna, his bulldog/boxer Prudence, and a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus.. did we mention the orange cat?

    OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

    On this day in 1947 the singer Meat Loaf was born. Now if my surname was Loaf I would steer clear of first names like Meat, Tiger-Bread and Malt but maybe that's just me...
    And now the news:
    One of Meat's best songs and definitely his best video: