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, June 06, 2013


...that the long awaited relaunched and revamped Animals & Men is truly in production. I got the proof copy yesterday, but although it looks even better than I had hoped, there are still a few minor tweaks that need to be made, so please forgive us for this further delay. Once we have worked it all out, we should be back to a strict publishing schedule.

CRYPTOZOOLOGY ONLINE: On The Track (Of Unknown Animals) Episode 69

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 - 69 episodes. Golly!

This episode brings you:

CFZ in Summer
Buttons RIP
a tale of two kittens
Weird Weekend 2013
mystery wader
Sumatra expedition 2013
Orang Pendek statue
Wild arums and their peculiar pollination strategy
whirligig beetles
return to Fremington Quay
Corinna looks at out of place birds
New and Rediscovered: New snake
New and Rediscovered: The pirate ant
New and Rediscovered: New bass


...or at least they are after they decide to go and play in the coal scuttle! Tomorrow I buy baby shampoo. I think these little tinkers will end up using gallons of it.

THOSE WE HAVE LOST: Tom Sharpe (1928-2013)


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.

First wild crane chick in Western Britain for 400 ...

DALE DRINNON: Vermont monster guide, yeti portrait, Benny's Blogs

New at the Frontiers of Zoology:


I finally got OTT#69 out yesterday evening after something like 24 hours of technocrap. However it is up now and looks rather good :) I got the proof copy of the new relaunched Animals & Men yesterday, but although it looks even better than I had hoped, there are still a few minor tweaks that need to be made, so please forgive us for this further delay. Once we have worked it all out, we should be back to a strict publishing schedule. This morning I interviewed the legendary Mick Abrahams, original guitarist of Jethro Tull and Blodwyn Pig. What a lovely dude he is - I enjoyed it immensely...
Another visit to our old friend Thom the World Poet
For those of you interested, the latest episode of my monthly webTV show
Grace Slick and Paul Kantner pay tribute to Ray Manzarek
*  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 two very small kittens (one of whom is also orange) 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 cat

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

Yesterday’s News Today

On this day in 1984 the video game Tetris was first released. Tetris would later help the Nintendo Game Boy to massive success and kick start the hand-held game industry. Without Tetris starting things there would never have been Pokemon, which is universally regarded as the greatest game series ever created.
And now the news:
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  • Jellyfish surge in Mediterranean threatens environ...
  • Fossil Remains Reveal New Species of Marine Fish f...
  • Recovery of Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles Still Short...
  • Camera traps in Philippines reveal dramatic dwarf ...
  • Has the UK’s only cicada disappeared?
  • American big game hunter charged by US court for v...
  • Hunting wolves: Does the predator still need prote...
  • Tansy beetle volunteers sought for Beningbrough Ha...

  • Even Andrew Lloyd Webber tried to get in on the Tetris act (yes, he was Dr Spin) :