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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Tuesday, January 15, 2013


A word about cryptolinks: We are not responsible for the content of cryptolinks, which are merely links to outside articles that we think are interesting, usually posted up without any comment whatsoever from me.


DALE DRINNON: Giant Ground Sloth, Cedar and Willow, Benny's Blogs

New on Frontiers of Zoology:
New on Cedar and Willow:
And the second one is a link to Benny's Thelma Todd blog:
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.


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.

  • SIGHTINGS UK: Big cat sightings on the increase in...
  • SIGHTINGS UK: The Peterborough Panther

  • 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:


    There is an awful lot of stuff happening at the moment. We seem to be loaded down with things to do - even more than we are usually. Hopefully it won't be like this all year (but it probably will be). Richard arrived yesterday evening, which was nice because we haven't seen him in a couple of months. A little wine was drunk in celebration. It is sad to see that both HMV and Jessops have gone to the wall. The face of our high streets is changing at an astonishing rate. Today sees another bumper crop of stories..
    An interesting article on the DPA Microphones site, about the recent South American shows by Rick Wakeman
    A groovy Jefferson Starship article which proves that I am not the only one who sometimes makes mistakes
    Mostly off topic but very interesting: an article about the art of King Crimson's debut album
    An insightful review of the incomparable Atkins/May project. And whilst on the subject we have another exclusive gig review from Paul May coming up in a day or two
    Our daily visit to our friend Thom the World Poet, who is someone of whom I am really getting rather fond.
    Today's Gonzo Track of the Day is from the mighty 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 same team also do a weekly newsletter called - imaginatively - The Gonzo Weekly. Find out about it at this link:
    http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/11/all-gonzo-news-wots-fit-to-print.html This is probably a good place to say something about our links. We link to outside articles that we think will interest Gonzo Daily readers. We are not responsible for any errors contained in them (honest)...

    *  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 which he shares with various fish and batrachians. 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 2013 the classic British political sitcom Yes Prime Minister will be returning for a brand new series on UK Gold. (not exactly Fortean but the show used to be very good so here's to hoping that the format still works in the modern political world)
    And now the news:
  • Pacific Bluefin Tuna in Trouble, Scientists Say
  • 22 Turtles Saved in Latest Bust on Bali Smugglers ...
  • Florida hunt for 'top predator' pythons
  • Sustainable palm oil production – It can be done
  • Flooding - New guidance could help protect homes a...
  • Very unusual colouration of a Silver Y moth
  • Sea Turtles continue to strand in record numbers i...

  • A preview clip of the first episode: