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, February 12, 2013

LINK: The Story of Coco the Coconut Crab

The story of Coco the Coconut Crab, authored and illustrated by Shelly Kremer, is based on the Chamorro legend of Naabak. If you follow Naabak (fantail) in the forest, you will become forever lost. The natural history of the animals found on Saipan is integrated into the story line....monitor lizards really do lounge in the sun, partula snails really do bear live young, megapodes really do bury their eggs in the volcanic soil, and fruit bats really do live in colonies flying out at night to eat fruit and drink nectar from the flowers. So come follow Coco on her journey as she searches for her home.


CARL PORTMAN: Can you tell me what THIS is?

Hello folks!

Yes it’s me, fresh back from a jungle jaunt in Costa Rica – and what an experience THAT was. I attach something that you might like to share on the web site. The (rhetorical) question for all is ‘what is it?’

Carlos (a Howler Monkey’s best mate and a man who wears another man’s clothes for four days)


The other day I found the following account, dating from 1698, of a winged crocodile on the southern tip of Portugal. It`s from the Flying Post Master or The Post , July 19th 1698:

Cadiz June 24th We hear that a Sea Monster, resembling a Crocodile, hath been seen lately on the shore near Cape St Vincent, but escaped when the Mariners went to attack it.

Later: (I mean further down the same page, though earlier in the month…)

Lisbon June 17th  

A Sea-Monster was seen near Cape St Vincent with four Feet, was about 20 Foot in length, and had two great Wings, covered over with black shining Scales, with which it made a mighty Noise. The rest of the Body was the colour of a Whale.  

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:


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.


My dear nephew Dave B-P is here carrying out the latest assault on my antiquated telephone lines. Even more amazingly, by firing off a barrade of tech talk at the fellows in the BT Call Centre, he managed to get them to admit that there actually IS a problem with the line, and that they are going to do something about it. What that `something` is remains to be seen.
I met John Shtttleworth recently and he thrust this leaflet into my hand before he shuffled away
We are all big Auburn fans here at Gonzo Daily, and so even though this article is 18 months out of date, we are posting it anyway

*  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:
* We should probably mention here, that some of our posts are links to things we have found on the internet that we think are of interest. We are not responsible for spelling or factual errors in other people's websites. Honest guv!

*  Jon Downes, the Editor of all these ventures (and several others) is an old hippy of 53 who - together with his orange cat (who is currently on sick leave in Staffordshire) puts it all together from a converted potato shed in a tumbledown cottage deep in rural Devon which he shares with various fish. He is ably assisted by his lovely wife Corinna, his bulldog/boxer Prudence, his elderly 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 2011 American actor and voice artist Kenneth Mars died. Mars stared in several Mel Brooks comedies, but was best known as the voice of King Triton in Disney's “The Little Mermaid” films and in the Kingdom Hearts games.

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