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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Wednesday, September 04, 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 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: Uncaged lion found lounging in front yar...
  • NEWSLINK: Big cat visits Thane's Hiranandani Estat...
  • UK SIGHTINGS: Big cat stalks children in Glouceste...
  • UK SIGHTINGS: Big cat fears after sheep attacked
  • NEWSLINK: In Brazil, tracking the Big Five: jaguar...
  • USA SIGHTINGS: Big cat with a big appetite
  • NEWSLINK: Photo reveals big feline's true identity...
  • NEWSLINK: To Combat Big Cats, Aussies Deploy Bad D...
  • NEWSLINK: Corridors for gene flow said vital to bi...
  • UK SIGHTINGS: Is Gloucestershire big cat tracker's...
  • UK SIGHTINGS: Readers respond to 'big cat' picture...
  • USA SIGHTINGS: MOUNTAIN LION: Big Cat Reported Nea...
  • USA SIGHTING: Big cat roaming the streets of Detro...
  • SIGHTINGS UK: Big Cat Fears (Huffington Post)

    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: North American water monster maps, Benny's Blogs

    New at the Frontiers of Zoology:

    INAPPROPRIATE CORNER: Man caught molesting bicycle

    The film, published by the Kvällsposten daily, shows how a hooded man approaches the bicycle, punctures the tyres and then proceeds to pleasure himself.

    "I am not scared of him, but mostly irritated over all the punctures I have had to fix," said Per Edström to the newspaper.

    Edström had grown tired of finding the tyres on his girlfriend's bike deflated and placed a camera to stand guard.

    The latest attack on the red-green coloured city bike took place on Thursday evening outside of the couple's terraced house in Östersund in northern Sweden.

    The man appears to be holding a picture in his hand and Edström expressed concern that it may feature his girlfriend.

    "My girlfriend finds it all a little concerning, you never know if he has checked her out in some way, and whether it is a picture of her he has in his hand when he is masturbating," he told Kvällsposten.

    Read on...

    Animals & Men #50

    I am beginning work on the next issue (#51) of Animals & Men, and ask anyone who wishes to contribute to this relaunched publication to email me with submission ideas. In the meantime, here is the contents of the current issue which came out in July:

    2. Faculty
    3. Editorial
    5. Newsfile: New and Rediscovered
    8. Newsfile: Man beasts
    10. Newsfile: Mystery Cats
    11. Newsfile: Aquatic monsters
    14. OBITUARY: Ivan Mackerle
    Newbury's mutant moles
    17. Nick Redfern's Letter from America
    20. Watcher of the Skies by Corinna Downes
    22. Giant Snakes of the World by Carl Marshall
    31. Red Water:
    The man-eating lake monsters of Russia
    by Richard Freeman
    37. The saga of the Bigfoot Genome by Jon Downes
    41. Letters to the Editor
    44. Reviews
    46. Recent books from CFZ Press

    As regular CFZ watchers will know, it is a good job that we are a non-profit making organisation because I am the world's worst businessman! I completely forgot to put up a link to buy individual copies of it. Now I have rectified that omission, and (to show my contriteness) you all have about a quid knocked off the postage...

    If you want a four issue subscription CLICK HERE


    Well, I am back in the saddle and reasonably compos mentis. My self imposed seclusion and a diet of brandy and P.G Wodehouse washed down with liberal doses of the new album by The Polyphonic Spree, seems to have done the job. I have a slightly thick head this afternoon, but that is a tiny price to pay for being able to walk, talk and think reasonably normally again. Over the past few days I found that YouTube have a plethora of episodes of the mid-1970s adaptations of Wodehouse stories that were broadcast as 'Wodehouse Playhouse'. Watching these delightfully subtle, and charming little films, I realise now what was wrong with this year's adaptations of the Blandings Castle books. The 2013 films are mostly slapstick farce, and Wodehouse was anything but slapstick farce. He was an immensely subtle writer, and when dramatised tastefully they are delightful. There were moments of greatness in the 2013 series, but they were few and far between despite the (usually) excellent casting. But enough of me blathering on about my favourite comic literature. On with the show!
    *  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?

    OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's news today