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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Monday, July 08, 2013


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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    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.

    DALE DRINNON: Two sea serpent stories and a visit to the singular universe of Cedar and Willow

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    The baby rook is looking as if it is probably a baby crow, because it hops rather than walks and because crows are more subject to partial albinism than rooks. He (actually we have no idea what gender it is) is a striking looking creature; the partial albinism makes him look as if someopne has spattered him with a bottle of tippex. I have also joined the 21st Century and bought myself an e-book reader, mainly because it was under thirty quid at Asda. I have loaded it up with a couple of manuscripts I have to read, some P.G.Wodehouse e-books, and Penny Rimbaud's 'A Series of Shock Slogans and Mindless Token Tantrums', and I am all set to go away on Thursday.
    What's new on the Gonzo Daily?
    Another visit to our old friend Thom the World Poet.
    ERIC BURDON IN CELEBSTONER MAGAZINE (I really cannot believe that there is a magazine called 'Celebrity Stoner')

    *  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?

    GLEN VAUDREY: Cryptozoology on the radio

    Every Saturday night between 11-12pm you can hear a feature on mystery animals on BBC Radio Scotland as part of the Morton through Midnight show. The feature is entitled Morton’s Mystery Creatures and each week it looks at mystery creature sighting from Scotland.

    You don’t have to live in Scotland to hear this show as you can listen to it on line for up to 7 days after the broadcast.

    Why not follow this link Morton through Midnight to have a listen to it, you will find that the feature appears at 1hr 28mins 38 seconds into the show.

    Last Saturday’s mystery creature was the black dog of Ardura, this phantom hound was recorded to haunt the area around Lochbuie house on the isle of Mull.

    One witness who had more than one sighting of the phantom hound was Dr Reginald MacDonald as he travelled to see his patients. Sadly for those patients traditionally a sighting of this animal was said to announce a death.

    You can read all about the Doctor and the phantom dog in my book the Mystery Animals of the Western Isles
    While on the subject of phantom dog sightings has anyone had a sighting of one recently or knows of a recent sighting. If you have please contact me at the following email address phantomhoundhunter@yahoo.co.uk

    OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today