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, December 21, 2012


Bigfoot Show PosterI Don’t Believe in You Either is a Bigfoot themed art show benefitting San Francisco non-profits 826 Valencia and 826 Boston. Channeling the imaginations of their inner-children, the team at Office invites the Hendersons in all of us to trust this geometric gentle giant’s tender heart of gold. 

CRYPTOLINK: One-third of Northwesterners believe in Bigfoot

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A PEMCO survey found one-third of Northwest residents believe in Bigfoot. (AP Photo)

I'm not here to take sides on whether Bigfoot is real or not. I'm just here to tell you that a third of people in the Northwest believe the mythical beast could exist.

Pemco Insurance stuck two questions about Bigfoot into one of its surveys on driver behavior this year.
"We simply thought it was something we could tack on to those other survey questions just for fun, "Pemco's Jon Osterberg said.
The questions were straight forward. "Do you believe it's possible Bigfoot could exist? Do you believe you've seen or know someone that has seen one?"

Read on...


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, and 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.

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    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.

    DALE DRINNON: Giant eagle hoax, alternative Loch Ness, Mayan elders, Benny's Blog

    New at Frontiers of Zoology:


    Yesterday turned into a pretty horrible day in the end. It turned out that I had lost my wallet in Barnstaple the evening before; all mine and Corinna's cards, £60, and worst of all, the wallet that my late mother gave me for my 40th birthday. But this stuff happens and so far, despite the Mayan Calendar, the world has not yet come to an end. So, onward and upward...
    We start off today with a visit to Thom the World Poet and two aspects of his view about today being the end of all things
    Finally - off topic - Richard Freeman goes to see Peter Hook and the Light, performing a tribute to Joy Division
    *  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 - imaginatively - 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

    Yesterday’s News Today

    On this day in 2012 the Zombie Apocalypse supposedly prophesied by the end of the Mayan calendar failed to happen.

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  • I don't often put viral stuff as the sign-out videos but this is the best vaguely related Christmas song I could find and it improves upon the original by miles: