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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Saturday, November 17, 2012

DALE DRINNON: Lake Champlain, Cedar and Willow, Benny's Blog

Best Wishes, Dale D.

LINK: Another peculiar taxidermy story

Disfigured alive animals, not so funny. Disfigured dead animals, hi-larious. Now before calling me a serial killer (that's only half true), know that I'm referring to animals that have been taxidermied, specifically animals that have been taxidermied terribly, not unlike our good feline friend Helicopter Cat.
Thanks to a tip from Bobby Big Wheel, we were led on a path filled with cross-eyed cats, derpy-looking dogs, and whatever the hell happened to the poor guy you see above. He looks like the polar bear version of Dog with a Blog after a bad acid trip. White bears, amirite?

Read more: http://www.uproxx.com/webculture/2012/11/bad-taxidermy-photos-are-the-potato-jesus-painting-of-the-animal-world/#ixzz2CNdCcFpR


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.


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.

CRYPTOLINK: Bigfoot's apparently on Monkey Mountain in Jackson County

They never mentioned the sasquatch when we were looking at houses in Grain Valley.
  • Flickr: JD Hancock
  • They never mentioned the Sasquatch when we were looking at houses in Grain Valley.
In the coming months, children who refuse to go to sleep may be told by their parents that if they're not good, Bigfoot will come down off Monkey Mountain to set them straight. That's because Sasquatch is apparently in eastern Jackson County.
Wentworth College professor Scott Nelson told KCTV Channel 5 that he believes decades-old audio recordings prove that Bigfoot is very real and likely only about a 10-minute drive away. If Bigfoot is here, perhaps he's just visiting distant family like Momo the Missouri Monster.

Read on...


The bad news is that I am still feeling horrible. When I was a boy we used to sung a hymn in church about a saint who sang  and "trailed clouds of glory". I am in a similar position, except for the fact that I am spluttering and trailing clouds of phlegm. Not nice. The good news is that after working on it for nearly a year Dave B-P has apparently solved the e-book problem, and CFZ Press and Gonzo Multimedia e-books will follow fairly soon. And, yes, they WILL be fully illustrated. Wayhay! And kudos to Dave..

A Captain Beefheart review from Israel

A link to a grand Jon Anderson interview

Whilst pootling about on the interwebs I found this feature on what Michael Des Barres did back in the 80s

Rick Wakeman at a showbiz bash had the best quote of the year: “It’s hilarious – we’re all suited and booted. “A few years ago this place would have been on fire by now!”

Our daily visit to Thom the World Poet

Some bits and bobs from last weekend's Mexicali Festival with Asia featuring John Payne
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 1855 Livingston became the first person from outside of Africa to see Victoria Falls.
And now the news:

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  • Mountain gorilla population grows
  • Critically Endangered Sumatran elephants poisoned
  • Great whites 'not evolved from megashark'
  • Camera traps deployed to catch tiger poachers in R...
  • 215 pieces of ivory seized by Dubai Customs
  • White bank vole filmed in Norway
  • Dolled-Up Turtles-Borrowing techniques from nail a...

  • FASCINATING FACT: Victoria Falls was named after this song by The Kinks: