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 30, 2013

REV. GERALD SMITH: Marbled White in North Devon

Hi Jon,
Attached is a Marbled White Butterfly, taken yesterday and first seen on 23rd @ Trew Forest Plantation OS Landranger Sheet 190 - 290.205.
In 17 years of walking this area we've never seen one before.


Today is already shaping up to be a fun-filled and confusing one. All sorts of stuff is happening. The Weird Weekend is looming down upon us. If you want to buy a ticket you should probably do it now. If you are one of my old friends who thinks that you probably have a chance to blag one off me successfully, again do it before it gets too late.
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?


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.

Bird Gut Boosts Wild Chili Seed Survival

CRYPTOLINK: Hikers capture footage of mysterious 'Bigfoot' figure in the Canadian wilderness

IT HAS been the stuff of legends for as long as hikers have been traipsing through the wilderness.
But whether you believe this figure caught on camera by hikers in the Canadian wilderness is actually the legendary Bigfoot, or just a man in an ape suit, is all a matter of opinion.

Either way the sighting of the figure, which appears covered in thick black hair and is seen lumbering across the mountain top, has sparked plenty of excitement among Bigfoot fans. In the footage the figure walks from the trees into the open, pausing briefly before disappearing back into the trees.

It remains unclear exactly where the video was shot but it is believed to have been filmed on a trail near Mission, in British Columbia.

Read on...

CRYPTOLINK: Christian textbooks cull Loch Ness monster

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.

SCOTLAND’S most renowned mythical creature has been axed by religious educators.
• Creationist textbook culls Loch Ness Monster from lessons
• Mythical monster was cited to disprove theory of evolution
New editions of a Christian biology textbook will no longer contain the contentious idea that the beast may have been a real living creature. Writers of the Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) biology textbooks had once taught that the existence of the Loch Ness monster disproved Darwin’s theory of evolution.
But the educators have now dropped the creature from their teachings.
Creationism is a religious position that largely believes the universe was created by a supernatural being. It focuses heavily on evolution and many of its followers reject the notion of a scientific explanation to the creation of life. It is estimated that around 2,000 students in the UK are taught creationism in private schools or through home schooling.
The previous edition of the schoolbook said: “Are dinosaurs alive today? Scientists are becoming more convinced of their existence. Have you heard of the ‘Loch Ness Monster’ in Scotland?” It continued: “‘Nessie’ for short has been recorded on sonar from a small submarine, described by eyewitnesses, and photographed by others. Nessie appears to be a plesiosaur.”
It was also claimed that a Japanese whaling boat once caught a dinosaur. In the latest edition, both of these claims have been removed.

DALE DRINNON: Intellectualism is not democratic, Kong's brontosaurus, Benny's Blogs

New at the Frontiers of Zoology:

USFWS to hold public meeting on jaguar critical habitat on July 30

July 29, 2013

USFWS to hold public meeting on jaguar critical habitat on July 30

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will hold a public information session and public hearing on the proposal to designate critical habitat for jaguars on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 in Sierra Vista.
The meeting will be held at Buena High School Performing Arts Center at 5225 Buena School Blvd., Sierra Vista. The informational portion of the meeting will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m., and the public hearing will occur from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
In 2012, the Arizona Game and Fish Department submitted comments to the Service on the jaguar critical habitat proposal. Because lands in Arizona and New Mexico make up less than one percent of the species' historic range and are not essential to the conservation of the species, the department has asked that the proposal be withdrawn.
Conservation of the species is entirely reliant on activities in the jaguar's primary habitat of Central and South America to be successful. The six areas identified as proposed jaguar critical habitat in Arizona already offer protection to the species through the Endangered Species Act. The vast majority of the proposed critical habitat area is public land that is already under federal management jurisdiction or federally-approved conservation plans.
Game and Fish believes that the unwarranted designation of critical habitat for jaguars would likely result in denial of access to lands for jaguar conservation and research efforts; fewer observations of jaguars being reported; and, less timely sighting reports from people that do choose to report a jaguar.

RSPB: Discover the night-time nature near you

Welcome to our new-look e-newsletter!
Hello Jonathan
When the sun shines the world can generally seem a happier and healthier place. But don't be fooled - our natural world is still very much under threat and we continue apace with our work protecting it and challenging Government to tackle the loss of nature. This month, we're also excited about our new event - Big Wild Sleepout. Read on to find out more about this, plus much, much more.
Sleep outside and fundraise for nature
children in sleeping bags
Take part in Big Wild Sleepout - supported by Rightmove and Blacks - between 9-11 August. Put up a tent, build a makeshift shelter or, if you're brave enough, simply sleep out under the stars. You can do it in your own garden, or join us at an organised RSPB sleepout event where we're hosting a range of sleepouts and other night-themed events.

You'll not only discover the night-time nature near you, but by getting friends and family to make a donation towards your adventure, you'll also be raising money for conservation projects that protect birds, wildlife and the places they live.
> Find out more
Meeting the big challenge
Mike Clarke, RSPB Chief Executive, shares his thoughts on growing public support for nature as the most powerful way to meet the challenges our natural world faces.
> Find out more

view of Bowland
July's tip for your garden
flowers growing in garden border
To make your lawn a real home for nature, give your mower a rest and leave your grass to grow a bit taller. The flowering plants that bugs love will benefit and longer grass won't dry out so quickly.

Take part in Giving Nature a Home for other simple tips like this to give nature a home on your doorstep.
> Get your tailored tips
Share and win!
Share how you're giving nature a home and encourage others to do the same. Simply upload your photos to Facebook or Instagram or tweet us.

And by sharing it with us, you'll be in with a chance of winning some amazing prizes to help make your garden or outdoor space even more wildlife friendly!
> Find out how to enter

minibeast home
Relaxed walking and cycling holidays tailored to you
We've teamed up with Headwater Holidays - experts in walking and cycling holidays - to bring you a brilliant offer on a range of wildlife focused, self-guided holidays that you can enjoy at your own pace.

Book a Headwater break and receive five per cent off the price of your holiday. And for every holiday booked we'll get a seven per cent donation towards our conservation work. It's a win-win situation!
> Where will you go?

woman on a Headwater walking holiday
What's on in your area
family camping out
This month we're focusing on Big Wild Sleepout events. From sleeping out at Ynys-Hir nature reserve, home to this year's BBC Springwatch, or enjoying a night of moth-trapping and bat detecting at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, to camping out at the magical reserve of Coombes Valley, or joining a guided walk along the shores of Loch Lomond, these are just some of the events running across the UK.
> Find a Sleepout event near you


Karl Shuker reveals what may be a previously-undocumented Nessie sighting, given to him many years ago by Tim Dinsdale.

Read on...

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:

CORINNA DOWNES: Journey to the Centre of the Garden of England (and the Sussexes)

Female of the Species

So, with our Gonzo Multimedia hats on, we (Jon, young Jessica and I) were off to Kent to film Judy Dyble and others at the SOL festival, visit CJ Stone in Whitstable and then visit Mick Farren of The Deviants in Brighton on our way home.  What started out as an adventure turned into a freaky episode of peculiarities, culminating in a very sad return journey.

There were so many odd occurrences that they cannot go by without a mention. Jess certainly had a baptism of oddities during this, her first, trip away with 'uncle and aunt'.  She seemed to enjoy herself and we hope that any future trip she may accompany us on will be a little less full of such strangeness. She is great company, as are all of her family, and we hope she would like come with us again some time.  Thanks Jess, you were a star.

Read on...

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

On this day in 1975 in what would become one of the USA's most famous missing persons cases, Jimmy Hoffa disappeared from a restaurant car park in Detroit.
And now the news:
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  • Divers in near miss with humpback whales
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  • Dominican Republic sends bulldozers to destroy wil...
  • Satanic cult suspected as pony found mutilated on ...
  • 23-Million-Year-Old Lizard Fossil Found In Mexico ...
  • Scientists Prove Ticks Harbor Heartland Virus, a R...
  • Chewbacca bat, beetle with explosive farts among o...
  • From Obscurity to Dominance: Tracking the Rapid Ev...

  • Not exactly Jimmy Hoffa but here's a trailer for a damn good film about missing persons, starring The Dude: