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, April 21, 2013

CRYPTOLINK: Author sees thylacine twice

 THE Tasmanian tiger appeared to Col Bailey for the second time in 1995, while he was taking a leak in the bush. 
``It shot out of some ferns behind me - I thought it was a cattle dog at first,'' he said.
``But then I was face-to-face with the darn thing.''
Mr Bailey said an old bushman had told him exactly which part of the Weld River Valley he would find the fabled creature. 
``But I just went into lock down,'' he said. 

CRYPTOLINK: New Chupacabra story surfaces in Puerto Rico

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.

The tale describes an encounter wih a strange creature that took place earlier this month in Guayama.

According to the report, Rey D. Rodríguez ( nicknamed 'Chaka' ) and his nephew had been using a pickup truck to find and round-up his cattle. Night had fallen and the men were using the truck's lights along with a powerful flashlight to help them find the animals. As they were leaving, Chaka spotted a pair of red eyes darting through the darkness. Turning the truck around, they pursued the animal believing it to be one of the cows, but when they finally came face to face with the creature it turned out to be something altogether unexpected.

Described as an orange/yellowish humanoid with red eyes and quills down its back, the creature dashed in to the undergrowth as they approached. Chaka attempted to pursue the intruder and managed to keep up for a time but it was ultimately too quick for him and eventually disappeared.

Read on...

CRYPTOLINK: A Bigfoot Foot?

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.

Did two young boys stumble across the decomposing remains of a Bigfoot foot in the Lakeville, Massachusetts woods this week?
On March 29th Sgt. Steven Leanues arrived to the wooded area just off Pantheon Road where the boys had described to local authorities what they found during their outing. What Leanues discovered was what looked to be a strange, partially decomposed foot, possibly belonging to a human being.
Enterprise News reports that the strange foot was sent by Lakeville Police Chief Frank Alvilhiera to a medical examiner, but the returning results caused more questions than answers. The foot, it seems, is not human at all.


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.

Lead Ammo Poisons Condors in Grand Canyon

DALE DRINNON: Plesiosaurs, Frontiers of Anthropology, Benny's Blogs

New at Frontiers of Zoology:


It's Sunday again, hey wouldn't you know it
it's time for me to be a poet,
as I do weekly just for fun
and have done since the blogs begun
It's self-indulgent, I accept,
and although my poems are inept
and sometimes verging on the scrappy
they make me a happy chappy
Now whilst on the subject of happy guys
yesterday I announced a big suprise
Congratulations with much love I said
to Rob and Kris who've just got wed
This morning as I sip my tea
let me introduce the coolest marquis
a truly old-school rock and roll star
Ladies and Gentlemen, Michael Des Barres
Greg Lake the bloke from ELP
just gave an interview you see
in which he stood back all aghast
and fears bands have betrayed their past
And now some news, I think I'd better
tell you about our cool newsletter
I've posted out the latest edition for you
we've got to number 22
Last week I talked to Andy Thommen,
a talent like his is quite uncommon,
he's a musician who plays the bass
for Zenit who are really ace
Today's Gonzo Track of the Day
is 'A plague of lighthouse keepers' OK?
from a band that means a lot to me
of course it is VDGG
And last but not least, (you all should know it)
here's a visit to Thom, renowned World Poet
who writes proper poetry better than mine
because he does it all the time

*  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 his new orange kitten 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?

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

  • Yesterday’s News Today

    On this day in 1934 the Surgeons Photo was published for the first time in the daily mail. For a long time it was regarded as some of the best evidence for the existence of the Loch Ness monster and even fooled some rather learn-ed scientists.
    And now the news:

  • Early flurry of Basking shark sightings off Irelan...
  • 63 Dead turtles found in creek in Australia - via ...
  • Scientists Hope Turtle DNA Could Lead to Treatment...
  • Pythons are still a little venomous - via Herp Dig...
  • Rats' and Bats' Brains Work Differently On the Mov...
  • European bison released into the wild in Germany
  • 4 starving orangutans rescued after their forest w...
  • Leucistic Forest buffalo in Gabon

  • You'll never find a Nessie in the zoo: