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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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

CFZ PEOPLE: Olivia has had babies

Baby mollies that is. Six were born and five have survived. Does this make me a grandfather?

DALE DRINNON: Bigfoot, Lake Champlain and Benny's Blog

New at Frontiers of Zoology:
New on Benny's Blog:


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.


I had a telephone call this morning from my lovely stepdaughter Shoshannah who is a vet in Staffordshire. As some of you may know, she currently has custody of the Orange Cat, my co-conspirator in many parts of my life. She did his blood test this morning, and there is nothing wrong with him that is not caused by the normal rigours of the ageing process. He is currently having a dental operation which will last several hours, and all of us have our fingers crossed fervently for his safe return. STOP PRESS: I have just heard that the operation is over and seems to have been a success. https://twitter.com/CatOfOrange/status/291530513833947137/photo/1
I have never understood why Kevin Ayers isn't absolutely massive! This is an interesting article by someone who obviously agrees with me..
More news on the forthcoming Yes Tour from Chris Squire
A Spanish review of the mighty Atkins/May project
I have been a fan of Eric Burdon for years, and so am delighted to bring you news of his new album, a video of his new single and a shameless plug for various Burdon items in the Gonzo catalogue
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 Magic Mushroom Band
*  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 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?


I received this photograph yesterday from a contact in the Irish media. She wrote: "This picture was taken by a local man at Renard Point, Cahersiveen close to Valentia Island at 8.30 am last Sunday.  The photographer said he noticed it in the water, took a photo and then it disappeared shortly afterwards. It was around 50 yards from shore." 

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CFZ "PEOPLE": The Orange Cat has dental surgery today - remember him in your thoughts and prayers

STOP PRESS: The operation is over, and appears to have been a success...

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

Yesterday’s News Today

On this day in 1909 Ernest Shackleton's expedition found the magnetic South Pole.
And now the news:
  • Rattlesnake Roundups – Barbaric ‘entertainment’
  • Brutal attack on rhino calf in South Africa by poa...
  • Jersey's Durrell wildlife park says orangutans are...
  • Bad weather for bugs
  • Ivory being laundered through Bangkok shops
  • Basking sharks shoaling in large numbers off Scotl...
  • Huge, green flying frog discovered in Vietnam
  • Phantom fishing nets endangering marine turtles in...

  • At the pole it was, predictably enough, as cold as ice: