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, July 16, 2013


Karl Shuker reveals some of the strangest identities ever proposed for Nessie, the Loch Ness monster.


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.


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 are 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.

  • NEWSLINK: After 24 hours, leopard caged, sent to B...
  • NEWSLINK: Snakes, raccoons and reindeers should be...
  • NEWSLINK: Call to change animals circus ban
  • NEWSLINK: Tiger dies at sanctuary battling canine ...
  • NEWSLINK: My first thought was to save my family: ...
  • NEWSLINK: US friends, please speak up for big cats...
  • NEWSLINK: The sad life of a circus lion
  • NEWSLINK: Leopard enters house, injures man in Bel...
  • NEWSLINK: Wild tiger confined to zoo enclosure
  • NEWSLINK: Get snap happy at Yorkshire Wildlife Par...
  • USA SIGHTINGS: Big black cat caught on film in Lou...
  • NEWSLINK: Photo: Contributed - Trish Demmers
  • NEWSLINK: Something To Declare: Africa's wildlife ...
  • SIGHTINGS CANADA: Cougar killed in Kelowna
  • NEWSLINK: Is Parol leopard really the villian?
  • NOTICE: North Yorkshire - Special talk on the diversity of the North Sea

    North Yorkshire - Special talk on the diversity of the North Sea

    On Thursday 25th July marine expert Mr. Paul Barrow will be presenting a special talk entitled 'Diversity of life to be found in the North Sea'.  The talk will be held in the New Schoolroom at Potter Hill Methodist Church, Pickering, North Yorks, YO18 8AA. 

    Admission is free.  Starting time 7.30 p.m.  All welcome. 

    For further details phone 01751 472715.


    Yesterday, Jon requested forgiveness, were he to be 'elusive' for the next few days. Today, that elusivity has materialised and taken him and Corinna up the M5 to the Bristol area.
    Thus, Graham's here today, doing the Gonzo Blog. It's another very hot day and typing on a keyboard does seem a lot more civilized than wrestling with chunks of wood as part of the conservatory renovations!
    So... What's new on the Gonzo Daily?
    ‘It’s a quite astonishing piece of work’: Geoff Downes talks up Yes’ often-forgotten "Drama" album
    The Animals’ Eric Burdon on how Gorbachev, Hendrix & Chuck Berry have inspired his music
    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: http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/11/all-gonzo-news-wots-fit-to-print.html

    * 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?

    DALE DRINNON: Frontiers of Zoology and Benny's Blog updates

    New at the Frontiers of Zoology:

    New at Benny's blog for Thelma Todd:

    OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

    Graham's comment: the wanderer has returned!  Oll's back at the Y.N.T. testbench, and brings us this:

    Yesterday’s News Today

    On this day in 1872 Roald Amundsen was born. Amundsen led the first expedition to have successfully reached the South Pole and was the first person to successfully traverse the North West Passage.

    There is no better way to acknowledge Amundsen's achievements than this:

    GLEN VAUDREY: The great auk on the radio

    On Sunday night’s Morton through Midnight show the regular cryptozoology feature Morton’s mystery creatures was about the great auk.

    A striking bird, the great auk stood 75cm (30 inches) with bold black and white colouring, hazel eyes, and a large distinctive outsized beak.

    It was in the 1840s that one of the last great auks seen in the British Isles met with an unpleasant end. This sorry tale takes place on one of the St Kilda group of islands. 
    You can listen to a report of its fate on the following link it is 1hr 15mins into the show Morton’s mystery creature It features the fate of one of the last great auk to have been seen in UK on the small island of Stac-an-Armin

    Of course there is always the remote possibility that the great auk is not extinct; so do get in touch with the CFZ if you see one.

    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:
    From CFZ Australia: