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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Friday, November 30, 2012

ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

News and stories from the remoter fringes of the CFZ blogosphere...

From Nick Redfern's World of Whatever:
From CFZ Australia:
From CFZ Canada:


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.

  • SIGHTING EUROPE: Hungry lynx wanders into Polish t...
  • NEWSLINK: Leopard hunt continues, team seeks more ...

    DALE DRINNON: Surviving plesiosaurs, bigfoot genome, Benny's Blog

    NEW on Frontiers of Zoology. Most important development is the inclusion of Scott Mardis' full article on Surviving Plesiosaurs. Unfortunately Scott's illustrations did not go through with the Text and so we are planning to run them separately tomorrow if it is at all possible:
    And including one of the articles on genetics as  Dr Jeff Meldrum:
    Benny also has two new postings at the Ominous Octopus Ominbus:
    Benny's second link did not go through on the earlier Links posting (which left a blank space instead):
     There was another Cedar and Willow posting on the way but Blogger is not cooperating with me on the project and it shall have to wait for the bugs to get out another day.
    Best  Wishes, Dale D.    


    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.

    Waxwing ringing project gets underway in York


    So, another working week has trundled to a close, and I have regained control of my office and my computers. What has the day got in store? Well tomorrow is Olivia's (my youngest stepdaughter's) 25th birthday, so she and her boyfriend and her sister are descending upon Casa Downes this evening for fun and jollity. Apart from that we are paying the telephone bill and buying some coal. What an exciting life we lead...

    A nice review of the Lost Broadcasts DVD by 'The Move'; a criminally under-rated band who launched the careers of ELO and Wizzard

    Our daily visit to the universe of the incomparable Thom the World Poet

    A Dutch review of the Live at the NEC DVD/CD package by Anderson, Wakeman, Bruford and Howe

    I don't usually do unsolicited testimonials for companies that are now't to do with Gonzo, but for this bunch I will make an exception

    I admire Yoko Ono very much. I think she is a brave and talented (and very beautiful) woman. But what the hell is she thinking about this time?

    A review of the Captain Beefheart DVD in our critically acclaimed 'Lost Broadcasts' series

    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 same team also do a weekly newsletter called - imaginitavely - The Gonzo Weekly. Find out about it at this link:

    Jon Downes, the Editor of all these ventures 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, his mother-in-law, and a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus.. did we mention the orange cat?

    OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

    On this day in 1982 the album “Thriller” was released. Jackson missed a trick by not having it released on Halloween but it didn't matter all that much as it went on to become the world's greatest ever selling music album.
    And now the news:
  • Gaza sewer crocodile captured - via Herp Digest
  • Mysterious stranding on Irish beach involved up to...
  • Human Disturbances Keep Elk On High Alert
  • Largest whale's acrobatic ambush
  • Fighting fish 'take a breather'
  • IUCN cries foul over trade in python skins but CIT...
  • TREE OF LIFE: You really must play with this (or a...
  • Interpol’s most wanted wildlife criminals

  • This is Thriller: