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, March 06, 2013

DALE DRINNON: Frontiers of Anthropology, Cedar & Willow, Benny's Blog

New at Frontiers of Anthropology:
New at Cedar and Willow:
And New at Benny's Blog for Thelma Todd:


Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy Class 
with Shannon Ha
Evening classes are 7pm – 11pm
Afternoon classes are 1pm - 5pm

March 8th, evening
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After a successful London debut by the talented New York tattoo artist and taxidermist Sue Jeiven, The Last Tuesday Society are proud to present a new season of anthropomorphic mouse taxidermy classes.

Anthropomorphism is the attribution of human characteristics to animals, plants or non-living things, a practice widely explored in the medium of taxidermy and most famously realized by the Victorian taxidermist Walter Potter. His Museum of Curiosities featured wonderful bestial dioramas from a classroom of 48 bunnies in 'Rabbit School' to a wedding party of kittens dressed in morning coats and lace dresses with frilly knickers.

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Thylacine documentary

London Zoo Photography Archive


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.


Leo (henceforth to be known as 'that blasted cat') escaped twice again this morning, and finally we have given up. He know has the run of the house during the day, although we are trying to keep him indoors for the moment. How long that will last I don't know. He has made friends with all the humans here and done his best to terrorise the other animals into submission. He has knocked things off shelves and fallen off banisters; in short he is a perfect addition to the household.

*  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 1906 Lou Costello was born. Costello would often star in films with his comedy partner Bud Abbott where they would meet people and monsters such as The Mummy, The Invisible Man, Charles Hawtrey, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Frankenstein.
And now the news:
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  • Badger cull is ill-conceived and irresponsible acc...
  • Arabian Sea humpbacks' singing put to test
  • Colombian Tapir Rediscovered in Central Colombia
  • Walrus spotted on North Ronaldsay
  • Shark Fisheries Globally Unsustainable: 100 Millio...
  • Giant Cockroach Genus Pseudophoraspis Expands to t...
  • Fish Migrate to Escape Predators

  • The trailer for Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, in which they meet just about every monster on a contract with Universal at the time: