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, August 26, 2013

WEIRD WEEKEND 2013: More pix by Jess Heard

Glen Vaudrey book signing
Shaun Histed-Todd
Shaun and mixing desk
Ronan in the Tunnel of Goats
Judge Smith
Judge signs a book for JoJo
Andrew Sanderson
Sarah Boait
James Newton
The tunnel of goats
Jon and JoJo
Jon and Corinna
Richard Ingram
Ronan Coghlan
Lee Walker book signing

KARL SHUKER: A Limbless Himalayan Crocodile Dragon?

Karl Shuker gets legless in Nepal, searching for a limbless Himalayan crocodile dragon.

Read on...

WEIRD WEEKEND 2013: Shaun Histed-Todd

WEIRD WEEKEND 2013: Glen Vaudrey


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: Loch Ness, Benny's Blogs, and a visit to the singular universe of Cedar and Willow

New on the Frontiers of Zoology:


Today is an absolutely glorious one, and the fact that it is a Bank Holiday so the telephone is unlikely to ring, and nobody is likely to try and sell me anything, makes it even better. Corinna and I have been involved in another little bit of animal rescue, and we have fostered a little dog who has been named Archimedes the Archimandrite of Joppa (read 'The United Idolaters' by Rudyard Kipling if you are interested enough to want an explanation) or 'Archie' for short. I have been wanting a companion for Prudence for some time, and hopefully the addition of a younger and more sprightly hound will encourage her to be a little more active. But I am not holding my breath. They both slept in/on the bed last night, and there was hardly any room for us humans!
Another visit to our old friend Thom the World Poet.
‘It was an unbelievable moment’: Greg Lake on how Emerson Lake and Palmer gave comfort to a dying girl
*  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 54 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?

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