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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Friday, July 05, 2013



1. The Great Yokai Encyclopaedia by Richard Freeman (1)
1=. Haunted Skies Volume One by John Hanson and Dawn Holloway (1)
3=. Haunted Skies Volume Two by John Hanson and Dawn Holloway (3)

3=. The Journal of Cryptozoology Volume One edited by Karl Shuker (-)

5. Haunted Skies Volume Three by John Hanson and Dawn Holloway (4)
6=. Those Amazing Newfoundland dogs by Jan Bondeson (-)
6=. When Bigfoot Attacks by Michael Newton (4)
8=. The Inhumanoids by Bart Nunnelly (-)
8=. Haunted Skies Volume Six by John Hanson and Dawn Holloway (-)
10. Dead of Night by Lee Walker (-)


1. The Great Yokai Encyclopaedia by Richard Freeman (1)
2. The Journal of Cryptozoology Volume One edited by Karl Shuker (2)
3. The Inhumanoids by Bart Nunnelly (2)
4. The Cryptid Creatures of Florida by Scott Marlowe (-)
5. Monsters of Texas by Ken Gerhard and Nick Redfern (-)
6. When Bigfoot Attacks by Michael Newton (4)
7. Cats of Magic, Mythology and Mystery by Karl Shuker (5)
8=. Big Bird by Ken Gerhard (-)
8=. In the Wake of Bernard Heuvelmans by Michael Woodley (-)
8=. UFO Warminster by Kevin Goodman (-)

Last month's positions in this pinky colour, which I think is called cerise. Sales are quiet as they always are in the summer,  but I would like to say thank you for all the hard work Emsy has put in on the Facebook Group. Thank you honey.

DALE DRINNON: 4th July, Native water monster, 13th Century waterhorse, Benny's Blogs

New at the Frontiers of Zoology:

New at Benny's Blog for Thelma Todd:

New at Benny's OTHER Blog, The Ominous Octopus Omnibus:


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.


This really is the nicest summer that we have had in years. Mother Nature must be trying very hard to make amends for the diabolically nasty late winter and spring that we had. I have heard nothing from the team in Sumatra, although I had a telephone call this morning from a French TV company trying to contact them. However, the line was terrible, her English wasn't too good, and my French is of the "ou est la plume de ma tante?" variety, vaguely remembered from my mis-spent schooldays, and as the girl on the other end of the line wasn't my aunt, and probably didn't have a pen, my schoolboy French wasn't much use, so it was a fairly unsatisfactory telephone call on both sides.
Yesterday I received a CD from the lovely Liz Lenten; the songs recorded during her recent sojourn in Nashville. Bloody hell they are good, and some of them are worldbeatingly outstanding. I look forward to continuing my acquaintanceship with the tracks before reporting back both to Liz, and to the Gonzo readership.
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?

CARL MARSHALL: OOP Longhorn beetle

Monochamus is a genus of longhorn beetle found throughout the world. Longhorn beetles are so named because their antennae are often twice (or more) the length of their bodies.

They are more commonly known as Sawyer beetles or Sawyers, as their larvae bore into dead or dying trees, especially conifers such as pines. While Sawyer beetles are economically insignificant by themselves, some species are known to transport phoretic Bursaphelenchus nematodes including B. xylophilus - these tiny worms inhabit soil or decaying wood feeding on fungal hyphens eg - Grey mould, causing pine wilt decease. 

This Monochamus ssp arrived at the butterfly Farm this morning (28/06), brought in by a representative of a company that imports timber from eastern Europe. This specimen is believed to have been imported from the Czech republic.

The genus Monochamus should not be mistaken for the genus Cerambyx - specifically the invasive species Cerambyx scopolii often reported from Britain.     

CFZ CANADA: Breaking News on the Ketchum DNA

The Huffington Post and The Examiner are both reporting today that the DNA presented by veterinarian Melba Ketchum as Big Foot DNA, is actually opossum.  Houston Chronicle reporter Eric Berger sent some of Ketchum's DNA samples to an independent geneticist for analysis.  It wasn't pretty.

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

Yesterday’s News Today

On this day in 1996 Dolly the Sheep, the first mammal to be successfully cloned from an adult cell was born.
And now the news:
  • Chimp Genetic History Stranger Than Humans'
  • How the Moon Affects the Nocturnal World
  • Buzzworthy Find: 'Mythical' Corpse-Eating Flies
  • Panama signs up to jaguar conservation
  • Military sonar can alter blue whale behaviour
  • South Georgia rat removal hits milestone
  • Rare Southern Damselfly habitat in Wales given boo...
  • Hawkmoths Use Ultrasound to Combat Bats

  • Dolly was named after Dolly Parton. I'm no big fan of country music, what with me having all my own teeth and a tendency not to wear dungarees, but this song isn't too horrid: