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, November 04, 2012

CRYPTOLINK: Provo Canyon Bigfoot Encounter? (Slowed and Enhanced Version)

Here is a slow motion and enhanced version of the original video which can be found here:

"We went camping in Provo Canyon (near Squaw Peak and Little Rock Canyon Overlook) and saw some deer up on a hill that we wanted to get a closer look at. On our way up, we thought we saw a bear, until the monster stood up and looked right at us. We ran straight to the car after that, leaving our tent and everything behind. It's probably all still up there"

DALE DRINNON: Two new postings from Benny's blog which dovetail into Cedar and Willow

Links for today:


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.

CFZ "PEOPLE": Prudence

I got the dates wrong. I thought it was Prudence's seventh birthday today, but in fact it was yesterday. I haven't felt so guilty in a long time...


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: Leopard attack in India
  • NEWSLINK: India's last Siberian tiger

    It is sunday so I like to rhyme
    in fact I do it all the time
    in fact cos I am a sad geek
    I write bad poetry once a week
    On sundays 'till we've had enough
    I always do the gonzo stuff
    in putrid rhymes that nearly scan
    "Why?" you ask. Because I can
    In the summer of 1969,
    when the weather it was always fine
    my family all came to stay
    on Dartmoor for a holiday
    A fond memory of being there
    is my father singing 'Widecombe Fair'
    and although they got it all wrong
    Renaissance Mk2 covered the song
    Last night as part of my grand plan,
    my family watched 'Electric Man',
    it appealed to Richard and to me,
    and to Mother who is 83
    and so I post the trailer stuff,
    I can't recommend this film enough,
    there's an American chick who is quite a dish
    and Marillion's ex-singer, Fish
    We go off topic for a bit now,
    (I hope the boss won't have a cow,
    or get really badly annoyed)
    but there's some news about Pink Floyd
    and so I will report the facts
    about deluxe memorabilia packs
    which come as a pretty nice surprise
    many thanks to the Neptune PF guys
    The other night Graham and I
    went to Southampton by and by
    to do something both cool and hip
    we filmed the Jefferson Starship
    and also filmed the support band
    (Liz Lenten's Auburn, who were grand)
    but it has taken weeks you know
    to release one song on video
    And now we go to Austin City,
    where the gurls are oh so pretty
    in order to meet Texas Thom
    who writes better poems than Jon
    we post them up here every day
    (you know what I mean, wayhay!)
    Today's one posted just for you
    is called 'A Dream to Get You Through'
    I thought you would be pleased to tell
    how Pru is doing very well
    and Gonzo Daily would like to say
    it's Prudence's 7th birthday
    But what's the relevance to all of you?
    Well, Hunter Ayling adores Pru,
    and the Gonzo Daily is the sort of blog
    which says Happy Birthday to the dog
    And so that's it from this old freak
    there'll be poems 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 this day in 1995 Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated by a right wing nutcase, an event allegedly predicted by the Bible Code (remember that?).
    And now the news:

  • Sacrificial Eid Al Adha ram butts his owner to dea...
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  • Surfer Escapes Shark By Punching It In The Head
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  • Simon Callow narrates first bedtime story for dogs...
  • William Hague's antique anaconda cost £10,000 to r...
  • Hedgehog trapped in crisp packet in Weston-super-M...
  • River Nith crayfish reports probed
  • Squirrels invading gardens due to poor seed and nu...
  • Russia to clamp down on wildlife crime
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  • Here's a little documentary on the Bible Code which was all the rage in 1995: