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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Sunday, March 10, 2013


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DALE DRINNON: Giant skeletons, bigfoot, Cedar & Willow

New at Frontiers of Anthropology:
New at Frontiers of Zoology:
New at Cedar and Willow:


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.

LINK: Species Revival: Should We Bring Back Extinct Animals?

A captive Tasmanian tiger in a 1930s photograph.

On May 6, 1930, a Tasmanian farmer named Wilfred Batty grabbed a rifle and shot a thylacine—commonly known as a Tasmanian tiger—that was causinga commotion in his henhouse. The bullet hit the animal in the shoulder. Twenty minutes later, it was dead. A photograph taken soon afterward shows Batty kneeling beside the stiffened carcass, wearing a big floppy hat and a young man's proud grin.
You can't begrudge him some satisfaction in killing a threat to his livestock. What Batty did not know—could not know—is that he'd just made the last documented kill of a wild thylacine, anywhere, ever. In six years, the wonderfully odd striped-back creature—the largest marsupial carnivore known—would be extinct in captivity as well.



Every Sunday I get the chance
to sit down and make the words all dance
because each week at about this time
I do the Gonzo blogs in rhyme
But WHY? you ask somewhat confused.
it's simple I say (quite amused)
they may make you happy, or smile, or barf
but I write the rhymes cos they make me laugh
So we start off now (I think we'd better)
with issue sixteen of our newsletter
written by me and a bunch of friends
it goes out free every weekend
But now we go to Austin City
where the rhymes are great and the poets are pretty
who will we meet? (I think you know it)
Goodness me, its Thom the World Poet
And now the Gonzo Track of the Day
I know just what you're gonna say
you think you recognise the song?
Yes, my dears, its a track from Gong
Yes are out on tour its true
and here is a slightly mixed review
of the LA gig with a puzzled tone
from the reviews pages of Rolling Stone
Eurovision songs are mostly crap
but here's one from an unlikely chap
Tony Iomni (you know he's seen ya)
has written the entry for Armenia
Although Michael Dunford's sadly missed
Renaissance have a new guitarist
but what is best for this special band
is that Michael's widow has endorsed the plans
And last but not least for heaven's sake
an interview here with Greg Lake,
his talent hasn't done a bunk
but gosh he really dislikes punk
And now my poetic muse is dry
and I will have to say goodbye
but don't worry little Gonzo friends
there'll be more poetry next weekend
*  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 1977 James Elliot, Edward Dunham and Douglas Mink discovered rings around Uranus. FUN FACT: Uranus was originally called George but as it was named after the king of England at the time and not a pagan god many non-British astronomers objected to this naming and decided to call it Uranus because nobody could possibly find anything offensive in that...
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  • Handedness in Marsupials Is Dependent On Gender, R...
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  • Rings around the world: