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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Saturday, September 14, 2013

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:

CRYPTOLINK: River Monsters: Hunting the Legendary 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.

For more than 30 years hardened angler Jeremy Wade has taken on the world’s most legendary river monsters bar one - the Loch Ness Monster.  It’s a challenge he’s been reluctant to take on, until now. 
On an epic mission to track down the world’s most famous cryptid he traveled from the depths of Loch Ness to the volcanoes of Iceland and beyond.  How did he fare on his Nordic odyssey?  Did he really uncover the mother of all monsters, the legend of legends?
RICHARD FREEMAN COMMENTS: Loch Ness is Freshwater, Jezza!


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: Tracing monsters, Frontiers of Anthropology, Benny's Blogs

New At The Frontiers of Zoology:

CRYPTOZOOLOGY ONLINE: On The Track (Of Unknown Animals) Episode 72

The latest episode of our monthly webTV show from the CFZ and CFZtv, bringing you news on our activities within cryptozoology and natural history as well as the latest cryptozoological, and monster hunting news from around the world. I can't believe that we have done this every month for five years now - 72 episodes. Golly!

This episode brings you:

CFZ in Autumn
2013 Weird Weekend
Tasmania expedition
Jon's Keynote Speech
Mysterious Creatures
Out of Place butterflies
Out of place birds
New and Rediscovered: New shark
New and Rediscovered: New cave fish
New and Rediscovered: Olinguito


Yesterday really turned into a nice day. When I was doing the blogs yesterday lunchtime I was feeling horrible, but an hours kip, followed by  about seven hours recording with Mike Davis (which went very well, by the way) and then a late supper whilst watching a documentary about British Sea Power (the band, not the dreadnaughts) polished off what was really quite a nice day. More recording this afternoon...
Another visit to our old friend Thom the World Poet.
STRANGE FRUIT #45 Playlist - new on Gonzo Web Radio
For those of you interested, the latest episode of my monthly webTV show, and yes, it does feature me singing and doing unconvincing ventriloquism

*  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 is away, so for todayYesterday's News Today is done by Wally the Comedy Rhinoceros. He is a stand up comedian of some renown. Here is one of his rhino-related jokes.

Q: What did Tarzan say when he saw a herd of rhinos wearing sunglasses coming over the hill? 
A: Nothing, he did not recognize them.

Ha Ha that was funny. Sidesplitting. Yes. Ha!

Now for the news...

  • Victory! Military Medical School Ends the Use of L...
  • Ancient 'Sea Monster' Swam Like a Shark
  • Pink Dolphin Makes An Appearance In Louisiana Lake...
  • Surprising Underwater-Sounds: Humpback Whales Also...
  • Crop-Raiding Elephants Flee Tiger Growls
  • Bad News for Prey: New Research Shows That Predato...
  • Government fiddles while Maui’s dolphins edge towa...
  • Who Knew? Orangutans Plan Trips
  • The Real Reason to Worry About Bees
  • Humpback Whale Populations Increase Off British Co...

  • And now for a happy tune that you can whistle while you work: