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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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Video: Wallace & Gromit visit Loch Ness in tourism ad

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.

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

Today marks the 666th posting at Frontiers of Zoology and coincidentally also the 333rd posting at the Frontiers of Anthropology.
New at the Frontiers of Zoology:
New at the Frontiers of Anthropology:
New at Benny's Blog for Thelma Todd:
Plus Political Cartoons at the Ominous Octopus Omnibus.
Best Wishes, Dale D.


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.

CRYPTOZOOLOGY ONLINE: On The Track (Of Unknown Animals) Episode 68

The latest episode of our monthly webTV show from the CFZ and CFZtv, bringing you news on our activities within cryptozoology and natural history as well as the latest cryptozoological, and monster hunting news from around the world. I can't believe that we have done this every month for five years now - 68 episodes. Golly!

This episode brings you:

CFZ in Spring
Slow worm rescue
Back to Huddisford
Pond excavation
Newt rescue
Little egret
Big cat in Cornwall
Cichlid puzzles
Max and DNA
The original orange cat
Huddisford at night
Corinna looks at out of place birds
New and Rediscovered: Rediscovered rhino population
New and Rediscovered: Rediscovered gecko
New and Rediscovered: Rediscovered arapaima


Published by CFZ Press in 2008, and written by Dr Karl Shuker, 'Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Animals on Stamps: A Worldwide Catalogue' has won a prestigious award!


My hooky copy of Adobe Acrobat which I bought off eBay years ago has finally given up the ghost, so three weeks ago I bit the bullet and bought a legitimate copy of Acrobat 9 from an eBay vendor in Hampshire. Three weeks later it hadn't arrived, so I wrote to the vendor who ignored me, and so I opened a grievance thingy with eBay themselves. I then received a plaintive email from the vendor, hoping that I wouldn't "give him negative feedback". What do you think?
My complaint was upheld, and I should now be getting a full refund. I am still not sure what to do about his feedback...
The Gonzo Track of the Day is from Mr Averell. This is actually a world exclusive - René van Commenée sent it to me the other day, and I don't think anyone else has seen it.
Bits and bobs on the new Captain Kirk album with Yes alumnus Billy Sherwood
Just in case you are interested here is the latest episode of my webTV show

*  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?


The hunt for British Big Cats attracts far more newspaper-column inches than any other cryptozoological subject. There are so many of them now that we feel that they should be archived by us in some way, so we should have a go at publishing a regular round-up of the stories as they come in. In September 2012 Emma Osborne decided that the Mystery Cat Study Group really deserved a blog of its own within the CFZ Blog Network.

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