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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Monday, April 08, 2013



Sheri Myler, our student who is doing a series of placements with us over the next year or so is back for her second stint. Once again, I am putting her to work and she will be blogging each day about her time here...

 Sunday’s work began slightly later than usual for me, as all Sunday work should, when not abolished altogether. I didn’t need to do the animal rounds, though there was still some observation of fish feeding.

The majority of the day, approximately nine hours solid, consisted of type-setting the Eberhart book. “D” and “G” were the two largest sections, so were naturally delegated to me. (Cheeky Little Ratbag JD) We got some way through “I” before putting this task to bed for the night.

This was followed by a two and a half hour lecture on cryptozoology. This included the various types of mystery hominids (Orang-pendek, Yeti, Bigfoot and Almasty), which cryptids we think are most likely to exist and why, and the running abilities of different types of monitor lizards as a theoretical basis for the reports of Megalania.

After the lecture was concluded, the cat hunt was very short as there was very little petrol and nobody fancied walking home in the dead of night. A quick skip through the woods and I was back at my B&B. when I called the talk a “lecture”, it was as formal a lecture as one can have with a brew in one hand and a dog using the other as a pillow. 


Ever since I started the Centre for Fortean Zoology 21 long years ago, I have always insisted that our watchword is not to either prove or disprove theories about mystery animals.  Our job is to find out the truth.  Because in the end, nothing else matters.

The week before last, whilst Danish zoologist Lars Thomas and his two sons were staying with us, Lars heard a remarkable story from a man in the village.  Lars was out walking by the community centre where we hold the Weird Weekend, on his first morning in the village, when a bloke in a small red car pulled up beside him, and asked whether he was anything to do with the Weird Weekend.  When he replied in the affirmative, the man told him that on the previous Sunday night he had seen what appeared to be a large cat walking along the road, the community centre to the small estate which always amuses my visitors when I tell have in mind that it is called South Park.

Lars went straight to the hedgerow where his new friend had reported seeing the mystery animal, and took some hair samples.  They went back to Denmark with him, and today he wrote to me:

Have been through the hairs from the bush at the road across from the community centre - nothing exciting I'm afraid. Two hairs from a sheep - no surprise there, as there were sheep in the field next to it, and 6 assorted hairs from a dog.

But at least we checked!

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.

Rare Tundra Swans spotted on Bonnechere River


The synchronicity gets stranger. For many years we had a run up by the chickens. It contained two rabbits - Maureen and Pringle. A year or so ago we rehomed them with Kelsey - the little girl of an old friend of mine. Yesterday, a day after our chickens fell prey to a marauding fox, Kelsey ran indoors to tell her mother that there was a badger in their rabbit run! Sad to say, although they extricated the badger (which ran away safely) the rabbits did not survive.  Very sad. I would like to say a big 'thank you' to Judy Dyble, for her kind message re. the chickens on saturday...
Our daily visit to the world of Thom the World Poet
We have got hold of a copy of the forthcoming album by Genre Peak
*  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, and sometimes a small Indian frog. 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?

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

Yesterday’s News Today

On this day in 1944 the actor Hywell Bennet was born. Bennet is best known for playing mostly gangsters and the occasional detective in TV shows but his most memorable role was as Mr Croup in Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere TV series.
And now the news:
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  • Invasive Crabs Help Restore Marsh
  • Antarctic Blue Whales Found With Sound
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  • Neverwhere does very well for a budget of about 10p and is worth seeking out: