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, July 18, 2013

CRYPTOLINK: TV’s Survivorman to chase Bigfoot with Calgary believer

A word about cryptolinks: we are not responsible for the content of cryptolinks, which are merely links to outside articles that we think are interesting (sometimes for the wrong reasons), usually posted up without any comment whatsoever from me.

Contributed by Todd StandingCalgarian Todd Standing claims this is one of few credible photos of a Bigfoot-like species he says lives in colonies in both northern Montana and between Banff and Kootenay National Park.

Survivorman’s got Sasquatch — and the fact that he may live right here in Alberta — on his mind.
In fact, according to Calgary’s Todd Standing, the head of research group Sylvanic, Les Stroud has been in talks with him for years on organizing a expedition to find the beast of many names but most commonly referred to as Bigfoot or Sasquatch.

Stroud is a popular Canadian TV figure known as Survivorman who’s earned famed for his willingness to journey alone into remote corners of the world armed with only a video camera and keen set of survival skills.

Now, he will team up with Standing in hopes of luring out supposed colonies of unidentified primates living between Banff and Kootenay National Park as well as in northern Montana.
“It’s been a hard sell on his behalf, but it’s all greenlit and we’re going to get it done,” said Standing, who claims he’s come within 65 metres of Bigfoot-like creatures and has devoted his life to validating claims the species exists.

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DALE DRINNON: Sea monster reports, devil bat, Frontiers of Anthropology, Benny's Blogs

New at the Frontiers of Zoology:


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.


Richard F arrived yesterday evening with his pictures and videos from Sumatra. They certainly had a very productive time, and from what I can gather, Adele Morse was brilliant! Alan Dearling was kind enough to send me a copy of the new book from Enabler Publications about 'The Battle of the Beanfield'. I wasn't there, but I unwittingly found myself in the midst of the fallout from it a few years later, and I have never been so scared in my life. The level of brutality described in the book is palpable, and I cannot recommend it highly enough to anyone who wants to know what happened to the British counterculture. Yesterday I interviewed the ever affable Dan Wooding about his new book on legendary British rock singer Terry Dene, for next weekend's Gonzo magazine. Graham is currently collecting some rescued quail from a bloke in a supermarket catpark in Bideford, and sooner rather than later me, Corinna, and Richard are off to Cornwall to take our Transtatlantic visitors ghost hunting with my old friends Jools and Dougie in Bodmin.
Another visit to our old friend Thom the World Poet.
Planet Rockstock - Featuring Uriah Heep, Hawkwind & More!
*  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?


Photo: At a family wedding last week. Me and the two girls. Sadly, I think I look like the doorman at a Turkish nightclub, but aren't my two stepdaughters beautiful?At a family wedding last week. Me and the two girls. Sadly, I think I look like the doorman at a Turkish nightclub, but aren't my two stepdaughters beautiful?


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.

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

Yesterday’s News Today

On this day in 1930 the actor Burt Kwouk was born. Kwouk is best known for voicing the narrator in the English dub of Monkey and for his often fruitless attempts to catch chickens on the Harry Hill show.
And now the news:
  • Big-Nosed, Long-Horned Dinosaur Discovered in Utah...
  • What is the meaning of the 'vampire graves' uneart...
  • Bigfoot sighting reported to RSPCA by timewasting ...
  • Whale hunting: 'It is like killing an ox'
  • Fiji Marine reserve ‘swarming with sharks’
  • Honeycombs' Surprising Secret Revealed
  • Beaver spotted in Devon's River Otter by dog walke...
  • Hippo Pathway to Better Cancer Treatment? Unusual ...

  • I posted the Monkey theme tune last week so here's Burt Kwouk singing about chickens on the Harry Hill show: