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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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

CRYPTOLINK:Photographer snaps possible Texas bigfoot shots

Sadly, the embed code doesn't work with blogger, so click the link below to view the vid..

KLTV.com-Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville, Texas | ETX News
There have been reported sightings of bigfoot in remote East Texas locations, and even near Dallas, and a photographer says he has proof that bigfoot may be closer than we think. The Dallas area photographer, who remains anonymous , was never a bigfoot believer by his own admission.
"No, I've never seen one , never believed in one," he says.
But a huge stone thrown at him in the woods one camping trip, with no one else around, changed his mind.
"An object landed within ten feet of us that I know of no human being able to throw it that far. There was one about 10 foot tall. A family group drew in close, three of which got within 15 feet of me. It looked like something out of a Steven Spielberg movie, not human as I know it," he says.
He shot images in Shelby county of something moving in the woods. Outside of Dallas he shot images of something large and hairy watching from the trees. But light and shadow can play tricks. East Texas bigfoot researcher Mike Hall and his team from Texla crypto zoological research examined the images to see if they have merit.




During the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, several Spanish hunting treatises alluded to a mysterious, now-vanished equine creature known as the zebro (or encebro, in Aragon), living wild in the Iberian Peninsula. In one of these works, it was described as “an animal resembling a mare, of grey colour with a black band running along the spine and a dark muzzle". Others likened it to a donkey but louder, stronger, and much faster, with a notable temper, and whose hair was streaked with grey and white on its back and legs. What could it have been?

Read on...2012/10/the-zebro-equine-mystery-from-iberia.html


Today is already shaping up to be an odd one; according to Google Chrome, the CFZ site is known to be one that contains malware, which is news to me. However, we have Graham working on it and I am confident that not only is it a mistake but that it will be fixed sooner rather than later. In other news, we have a young lady called Sheri joining us tomorrow evening for a week, and I am still trying to finish the excewllent anthology of Hunter Thompson at Rolling Stone whilst listening to 'System 7' who really are rather good...
As this review says, The Move are "forever damned to be remembered as ‘the first band played on radio 1’ with their pop-hippy hit Flowers in the Rain. Either that, or as the group that would later fragment into ELO and spawn pop eccentric Roy Wood. But there was always more to the band than that, as this collection of German TV recordings show."...
The other night when we saw Jefferson Starship at Southampton I was particularly impressed by David Freiberg's performance, so it was too good an opportunity to resist when I found this intervew with him on YouTube. It's repostin' time...
We pay our daily visit to the singular universe of the irrepressible Thom the World Poet, who never ceases to inform and amaze..
It seems that Rick Wakeman's 'Journey to the Centre of the Earth' album is going through somewhat of a critical re-evaluation at the moment. Here is just one blog posting which revisits the album and finds it bloody good...
As I do quite often, I was utilising the Google News Alert tools to look for bloggystuff, and I decided that it was about time that I found the latest reviews and/or articles about the mighty Anderson Bruford Wakeman and Howe. So I typed ABWH into the search bar, and look what came out...
Michael Des Barres at last weekend's charity show. This is possibly the best performance I have seen him give... 
I think Peter McAdam is one of the funniest people around, and I cannot recommend his book The Nine Henrys highly enough. This week we shall be running a series of Henrybits that are not found in his book about the nine cloned cartoon characters who inhabit a surreal world nearly as insane as mine...
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?


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.

  • NEWSLINK: Florida panther roadkill
  • NEWSLINK: Mystery Cats in Australia

  • DALE DRINNON: Bigfoot, giant skulls, Benny's Blog

    New at Frontiers of Zoology:
    And two links for Benny, the first being a cosideration of the "Spider Lady" of the Serials:
    And then on the Thelma Todd blog a little about the team of contract players there, most famously Laurel and Hardy (and yes I did use some charicatures from the stationary on my Cedar And Willow collage):
    Best Wishes, Dale D.


    Hi Jon,

    I thought I would forward this email to you.

    A couple of days ago our work experience student from Paris noticed two different species mating in the flight area - Morpho peleides X Morpho achilles. Thankfully he took a picture which is attached
    Now all we have to do is either be on the look out for hybrid offspring or try and catch M. peleides and M. achilles in the act again, collect them and wait for the female to lay.

    I wonder if the offspring would be fertile and would they cross in the wild!!

    I'll keep you posted


    CFZ Watcher of the Skies

    In an article for the first edition of Cryptozoology Bernard Heuvelmans wrote that cryptozoology is the study of 'unexpected animals' and following on from that perfectly reasonable assertion, it seems to us that - whereas the study of out of place birds may not have the glamour of the hunt for bigfoot, or lake monsters - it is still a perfectly valid area for the Fortean Zoologist to be interested in. So, 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.

    OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

    On this day in 1590 Governor John White returned to Plymouth after his unsuccessful attempt to locate his family and the rest of the settlers of the lost colony of Roanoke. You can learn more about the unsolved mystery of the lost colony by attending my walking tour of Plymouth's paranormal past, The Strange History Of Plymouth, which leaves from the shrimp obelisk near the Mayflower Steps at 2 and 3 pm this Saturday and also on the 30th and 31st of October. The tour is suitable for the whole family and costs only £6 per adult and £4 for children under 11 (all under 16s must be accompanied by a responsible adult). It's perfect for Halloween and a half term day trip. If you live in the South West of England you can't call yourself a true Fortean until you've been on the tour, so come on and take a walk on the weird side!

    And now the news:

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