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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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

News and stories from the remoter fringes of the CFZ blogosphere...

From Nick Redfern's World of Whatever:

NEWSFLASH: Orange Cat Update (From Shosh's Facebook)

Photo: The Orange Cat has been diagnosed with pancreatitis and hepatitis... still awaiting on the results of the TLI/cobalamin/folate but our presumptive diagnosis is triaditis. Ouchy! Adding new antibiotics and will start some pain relief too. 

He has eaten like a HORSE today, BTW.

The Orange Cat has been diagnosed with pancreatitis and hepatitis... still awaiting on the results of the TLI/cobalamin/folate but our presumptive diagnosis is triaditis. Ouchy! Adding new antibiotics and will start some pain relief too. 

He has eaten like a HORSE today, BTW.


Karl Shuker reveals the eventful history of the fascinating yet little-known Dacre Beasts.

URGENT: Malayam speaker wanted

Is there anyone reading this who can speak Malayam? Are you from the Malayani community? We need to translate a newspaper article. Please e-mail Matt Salusbury.

DALE DRINNON: Sauropods, giant anaconda, 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.


It is another beautiful day here in North Devon. This is the best summer for years. Graham is doing some arcane repairs to the conservatory, Prudence is sunbathing (with her pink bits covered in sunscreen) and the kittens are causing mayhem. Plans for this year's Weird Weekend continue apace; it may or may not be the last one, but it is certainly going to be a bloody good one. There are two main problems: firstly that the team who helped me run it has dwindles for a whole slew of reasons, none of them nasty, and the other is rising costs have made it more expensive to put the event on each year, and more expensive for people to get here. So I really don't know: we shall wait and see. One totally off topic recommendation is the posthumous album by Ray Manzanek together with Roy Rogers. The album really is very peculiar in parts, but well worth a listen...

What's new on the Gonzo Daily?
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 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 1979 Dave Fleischer died. Fleicher ran Fleischer animation studios along with his brother Max and together they many created classic characters including Popeye and Betty Boop. After abandoning the animation studios he found work as a special effects artist on films like The Birds.

And now the news:
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  • New species of moth found in China
  • Swarm of Endangered Mountain Yellow-Legged Frog Ho...
  • Police officer kidnaps dog to save him from euthan...
  • Soon, a Kerala Red List of threatened species
  • Arachnophobes look away now: Could an asbestos-coa...
  • Loch Ness monster sparks Highlands tourism row
  • Philippines to destroy seized ivory stockpiles

  • Some of the most famous work of the Fleischer studio is the 1940s superman cartoons, they're well worth a watch and out of copyright too: