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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Friday, March 22, 2013


Buy this year's volume of the CFZ Yearbook at a special low price!

The Centre for Fortean Zoology Yearbook is an annual collection of papers and essays too long and detailed for publication in the CFZ Journal, Animals & Men. 

With contributions from both well-known researchers, and relative newcomers to the field, the Yearbook provides a forum where new theories can be expounded, and work on little-known cryptids discussed.

This year's volume was greatly delayed by the computer problems we had earlier in the year. But it is out now, and phew its a corker!


  • More Cryptozoology: A listing of  certain animals unrecognised by science or of a paranormal nature by Ronan Coghlan
  • Snow Leopard: Spirit of the Mountains by Raheel Mughal
  • The man-eating plant of ye olde England by Glen Vaudrey
  • Possible sighting of unknown ape species, Tibet 2009 Jonathan Jacobs, plus in-depth analysis of the photograph
  • British Snake Catchers and Eccentrics by Richard Muirhead
  • The Amazing Animals of Pakistan by Raheel Mughal
  • The Mpisimbi: An undiscovered but now extinct King Cheetah strain in East Africa by Dr Karl Shuker
  • The ‘Lion’ Of Essex And Other British Big Cat Scares by Neil Arnold
  • Le Gevaudan: The Man behind the Monster by Paul Williams
  • 2012: A Year in the Life of the Centre for Fortean Zoology:  
          CFZ Australia 2012 Report by Rebecca Lang and Mike Williams
          CFZ Canada 2012 by Robin Bellamy
          Bigfoot Forums Annual Report
          CFZ Annual Report by Jon Downes

The yearbook is 260pp long and will once again cost £12.50, unless - of course - you take advantage of our special offer and buy the book at a special low price of £10.99. This offer is valid in the UK, Australia, the United States and Canada. If you live elsewhere in the world, email corinna@cfz.org.uk
and we will work out a deal for you.

Also available yearbooks for: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000/1, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2012. If you want to buy multiple volumes email Corinna and I am sure that we can work out an advantageous deal for you.

WEIRD WEEKEND 2013: The game is afoot

These speakers have currently been confirmed. More speakers and attractions will be announced soon.

Jon Downes/Richard Freeman: An introduction to Cryptozoology
Oll Lewis: The Murder of the Elephant Man
Lars Thomas: The Natural History of Trolls
Richard Freeman: Expedition report
Nick Wadham: The changing role of fairies
Nick Wadham: Bugfest animal handling
Tony Whitehead: RSPB: Star Slime, a nature reserve mystery
Hayley Stevens: Scepticism
Glen Vaudrey - Mystery animals of Staffordshire
CFZ Awards
Darren Naish: Adventures from the world of tetrapod zoology
Sarah Boit: Orbs from a photographer's perspective
London Cryptozoology club: The thylacine
Shaun Histead-Todd: Pre-Columbian civilisations in America
Ronan Coghlan: The Sirius Mystery
Jon Downes: Keynote Speech

Tickets are on sale at a pre-booking discount weekend price of £20 from the Weird Weekend website , which has just been updated

THE GREAT SEA SNAKE OF PITCAIRN (They don't write songs like that anymore)


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.

Deus ex Cicada: Are Predatory Bird Populations Inf...


Today is the funeral of Matt Osborne's mother. She didn't want anyone to attend, so I am respecting her wishes. However she was a kind and gentle lady and I shall miss her. Our thoughts and prayers are with Matthew, Charlotte and Emma on this sad day. In more cheerful news, I had a long telephone conversation with Rob Ayling last night about some very exciting releases from Gonzo in the next few months, and the 2013 CFZ Yearbook is finally available. Hooray!
Today's Gonzo Track of the Day is (as you might have guessed) from the Incredible String Band
Once again we repair to Austin for our daily audience with Thom the World Poet
Some urgent news for fans of Gordon Giltrap/Oliver Wakeman
One of my favourite new albums on Gonzo is from Zenit
*  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) and a not very small orange kitten (who isn't) 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 cats?
All this and more at http://www.cfz.org.uk

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:
  • Stalking the Herd — A new book from Chris O'Brien on the Cattle Mutilation phenomenon...
From CFZ Canada:

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

On this day in 1948 Andrew Lloyd Webber was born. Webber has wrote co-wrote and staged many famous musicals some with a Fortean theme like Phantom of the Opera and Love Never Dies.

And now the news:
  • European bison relocated to the Caucasus Mountains...
  • Using dragonflies as climate change indicators
  • Special Sea Slug Poised to Make a Comeback Off Cal...
  • Chimps and Teamwork: Scientists Find Origins of Te...
  • Tourist-Fed Stingrays Change Their Ways
  • World's second-biggest crocodile Holey euthanased ...
  • Humane association to probe LA shark death
  • Landmark shark ban upheld at conservation meeting

  • A brace of Phantoms and unexpectedly good singing from a Scherzinger (do-you-see-what-I-did-there?) :