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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Thursday, May 09, 2013

Bigfoot of the Rockies (Documentary)

CRYPTOLINK: 'Bushie' reveals tiger sighting in Tassie wilderness

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.
For many people it's an irresistible notion - that Tasmanian tigers still exist somewhere deep in the Tasmanian wilderness.
A man holding a Tasmanian tiger
A man holding a Tasmanian tiger
Since the death in captivity of the last known thylacine in 1936, there's been endless speculation that a small population of the animals may have survived.
One of the true believers is Col Bailey.
Describing himself as a bit of an old bushie, Col has spent much of the last 45 years scouring Tasmania for signs of the thylacine.
In his new book Shadow of the Thylacine - One Man's Epic Search for the Tasmanian Tiger, he documents this search and reveals a personal encounter with what he believes was a Thylacine in 1995.


Should cryptozoologists be seeking the thylacine in New Guinea rather than Tasmania and mainland Australia? Karl Shuker investigates the enigmatic dobsegna of Irian Jaya.

Read on...


Yesterday was a peculiar one. Back in February I had my eyes tested and was told that I had some of the symptoms of glaucoma, and that I needed to go to North Devon District Hospital for a checkup. My Grandmother had glaucoma, and went blind as a result, so I have been worried about this appointment for several months. As it turns out, I don't have the condition (yet) although there are a few mildly worrying symptoms in each eye. However, I have been assured that even if I do develop it, they will be able to nip it in the bud very quickly and effectively. After all, my grandmother went blind half a century ago, and even in the Downes family, half a century is a long time. Various things went wrong yesterday in my absence, and I would like to apologise to both Dale Drinnon and Thom the World Poet, and to assure them (and you) that normal service has resumed.
Anyone who has visited us over the past few years will have met Cromwell the pike, who has been residing in the big show tank up in the museum. He has recently reached sexual maturity, and is getting far too feisty for his tank, and this afternoon Richard and Graham will be taking him down to a tributary of The Torridge to release him. Stroxworthy River will now have a new and very volatile resident.
The Gonzo Track of the Day is from Rick Danko and Richard Manuel
Another visit to our old friend Thom the World Poet
*  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?

DALE DRINNON: Early fore-runners of the Mapinguari, Frontiers of Anthropology, Benny's Blogs

New at the Frontiers of Zoology:


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 took the plunge and started a 'Watcher of the Skies' blog of her own as part of the CFZ Bloggo Network.

House martin survey

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

Yesterday’s News Today

On this day in 1662 the first recorded “Punch and Judy Show” took place in Britain and according to Samuel Pepys it was preformed by an Italian puppet master using a character loosely based on Pulcinella from the Commedia Dell'Arte, which soon evolved into the affable child murdering wife-beater we know today.
It was a bad day at the office for the “Most Haunted” crew: