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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Sunday, September 30, 2012


Yeti Sightings Are Popping Up All Over Russia, Bigfoot Hunt Imminent
By Todd Rigney
Yeti sightings have started to pop up all across Russia, according to the folks at Fox News. No less than three instances of Bigfoot-related encounters have.

HAUNTED SKIES: Daily Mail 10.1.69.

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.


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...

  • LINK: Iriomote Oyamaneko – The Iriomote Great Moun...
  • NEWSLINK: More on Tarzan case
  • NEWSLINK: More on legislation to limit big cat own...
  • NEWSLINK: Tabby cats compared to king cheetahs
  • NEWSLINK: Tourists banned from India's tiger reser...
  • NEWSLINK: Poaching threat to India's leopards

  • DALE DRINNON: Bigfoot evidence/Cedar and Willow/Benny's Blog

    This just up on Frontiers of Zoology: some quick redirections to Bigfoot Evidence stories:

    For my own point of view the Neanderthal one is the really important one, but others may want to know about the other stories and so I post them too.


    Its sunday in the world of pop
    and I have got a bumper crop
    of stories I am going to feed ya
    mostly 'bout Gonzo Multimedia
    Cos each week at about this time
    I write the Gonzo blog in rhyme
    and despite the rhymes being often used
    the exercise keeps me amused

    so we start off with a sad insight
    into what happens when families fight
    even though they made a joyous noise
    I think that's about it for the Beach Boys

    This next review is rather sweet
    going track by track through Carnaby Street
    yes, Michael Des Barres' new CD
    which is fantastic don't you see

    And now there's news of Wishbone Ash
    a band who often make a splash,
    if you like the records and want more
    heres news about their UK Tour

    His music could be very strange
    the man himself was quite deranged
    but there's been no-one like him you see
    here's a Captain Beefheart DVD

    And now a man who's writing's bostin
    he lives in Texas, down in Austin
    and every day here (wouldn't you know it)
    there's something from Thom the World Poet

    And who is next, I wonder can you guess
    you'd have guessed wrong if you'd said Yes
    I wonder can you guess it now?
    Its Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman and Howe

    Next up is a very funny guy
    with a DVD which might make you cry
    He writes as funny as he talks
    Ladies and Gentlemen, Tony Hawks

    And finally my adopted nephew Max,
    whose head is full of proggy facts
    has just sent this video to me
    Noel Edmonds and Can on TV

    And so my friends, that's it for this time
    I'll be back tomorrow without the rhyme
    thanks for supporting this blog (and this freak)
    I will see you once again next week

    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...

    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 yesterday in 2012 I got engaged. I asked Ann to marry me on the Mayflower Steps in Plymouth's Barbican.
    An apt song from Al Stewart: