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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Saturday, March 02, 2013

CRYPTOLINK: Tauranga's 'bigfoot' spotted in valley

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.

A rare endangered bird described as ‘Tauranga’s Bigfoot’ has been sighted by Tauranga City Council contractors working in the Kopurererua Valley.
The Australasian bittern, or Matuku as it is known in Maori, was seen near an area of maturing re-vegetation planted by the Kopurererua Valley Rotary Centennial Trust in the wetlands near Judea.
Full Circle Arboriculture managing director Brian Rickey says they were undertaking restoration works in the Kopurererua Valley when one of his staff spotted the bird.
“About three weeks ago Logan Cowley spotted the endangered bird right at the end of the wetlands near Birch Avenue.”
At first Logan thought the bird was a hawk but then realised it was much larger.

Thylacine paw print in mud?

CRYPTOLINK: Thylacine exhibition

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.

Thylacine Sightings

Begins:9:30am 1 March 2013
Ends:2pm 1 June 2013
Location:Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts
Foyer, 91 Murray Street
Hobart, Tasmania
The Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts is hosting Like Something Which I’ve Never Seen, a mixed media exhibition which explores the bizarre cultures of Tasmanian Tiger sightings in Tasmania.


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.

Hummingbird Flight: Two Vortex Trails With One Str...


    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.


    Good news all round today. My replacement computer arrived yesterday, and I have taken the plunge and ordered one running Windows 8. Just as I had been warned, I hated the interface immediately, but to my great joy, within minutes of going online I managed to find a handy little application that hides all the nasty mobile phoneness of it all, and makes it look like my familar XP screen. So I am a happy chappy. I also pulled out all the stops yesterday and got the Gonzo Weekly out early. Check it out guys, its really rather good and features one of my favourite contemporary writers C.J.Stone. And finally, I gingerly plugged in the drive with all the recovered data on, and it works perfectly. Thank you once again to Steve and Terry for their generosity...
    Issue 15 of the Gonzo Weekly is now available - enjoy
    Today's Gonzo Track of the Day is from Acid Mothers Temple
    A taster for Merrell Fankhauser's forthcoming documentary about Hendrix in Hawaii
    OFF TOPIC BUT INTERESTING: New Iggy and the Stooges album

    *  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

    On this day in 1983 Compact Disks were released outside of Japan for the first time in Europe and the Americas.
    And now the news:
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    Before CDs we had these horrid things called records that sounded like you had a bowl of rice crispies next to the speaker and cassette tapes that would morph into a copy of Queen's greatest hits if left in a car too long. The whole morphing thing wasn't such a bad thing though as this song was on that album: