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, June 02, 2013


This I really wasn't expecting. Yesterday afternoon Corinna went out with Helen, and came back not just with the little orange ball of fluff that I wasn't expecting for another ten days, but also with aforesaid orange ball of fluff's sister. We now have one elderly cat, one two year old boarder, and two kittens.

The kittens are not sure what to make of Prudence. When they see her on her feet, they hiss and spit and arch their backs. However when Prudence was lying on her back in bed last night, all they could see was a row of nipples, and being babies they soon latched on (despite the fact that Pru has no milk to give). They spent the whole night cuddled up together, but when they came downstairs this morning, the hissing and spitting resumed. I will keep you posted.

PS: The orange one is still called Captain Frunobulax the Magnificent

DALE DRINNON: thunderbirds and global warming, Frontiers of Anthropology, Benny's Blogs

Ohio Bigfoot video?

CRYPTOLINK: Bigfoot: 'Often times, it smells like skunk. It's very filthy smelling'

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.

They all refer to one mythical creature, or is it real? 

One man says he has the evidence to prove Bigfoot exists, and a Sutherlin woman wants to know for sure so she can move on once and for all.

Linda Newton-Perry is a Bigfoot believer. "I believe I smelled it, and I believe I heard it," she said.

She says she heard its distinct sound at the Oregon Caves. "It was kind of a 'Who, Who,' Linda said.

She also says they don't smell very good at all. "Oftentimes, it smells like skunk. It's very filthy smelling."

Perry didn't always believe. The interest began when she moved to the Pacific Northwest, or, what she calls 'Bigfoot Country.'

Page after page in a book she wrote noted about 70 sightings in Douglas County.

But even the firsthand accounts from her book don't compare with this one: Rick Dyer, known as the Bigfoot Tracker, says in 2012, he lured a Bigfoot in San Antonio, Texas.

How did he do it? With ribs.

Dyer says he hung them on trees, waited, and finally, shot a Bigfoot. "Bigfoot returned for another easy meal," he says. "I stepped out of my tent, I tracked him down. I killed him."

Does Linda believe his Bigfoot tale? "What do i think about Rick Dyer? I think he is a showman... and I think he might have a dead Bigfoot."

Read on...


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.

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It's Sunday, so it's poetry time
you've got it right, I write bad rhymes
for a bit of a laugh on the Sabbath day
you know what I mean (wayhay!)
Last Monday was full of hugs and kisses
cos the Grande Fromage and his new missus
had their belated reception y'know
so sit and watch this video
Merrell Fankhauser I have to shout
the surfer dude who wrote 'Wipe Out',
can be heard here, I have to boast
with George Noory on Coast to Coast
Last weekend me and my Nephew Dave
drove to Brighton to attend a rave
up of revolutionary sounds
here's two videos of what went down
Now I should say I'm a real go getter
cos #28 of our cool newsletter
is now online as perhaps you've seen
I'm making it into a magazine
As always the Gonzo Track of the Day
is from someone cool we like to say
and today it's someone you should know
it's from Roger, Brian Eno's bro...
And finally, I have to show it
I'm a real fan of Thom the World Poet
next time I'm in Texas I think
I'm gonna go and buy the man a drink
Thats's about all from me today
so I'll go and watch my two new kittens play
this afternoon rougnd the house I'll creep
and then I think I'll go to sleep

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

Yesterday’s News Today

On this day in 1835 P.T. Barnum embarked on his first national circus tour of the United States of America.
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