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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Sunday, November 03, 2013


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.

  • Farmers to help with habitats
  • East Devon District Council holds 'seagull summit'...
  • Gamekeepers plan wading bird action

  • Ganaraska Forest logging during bird nesting seaso...
  • CFZ "PEOPLE": Happy Birthday Pru (8 Today)

    CRYPTOLINK: Bigfoot society shares local sightings

    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. 
    WARREN The mysterious creature that has been in the news for years has apparently been seen in Ohio, which is among the top five states for the most sightings reported according to Doug Waller of the Southeastern Ohio Society for Bigfoot Investigations.
    Waller and others were the recent speakers at the program "In Search of Bigfoot" held at the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library.
    "There is great interest in Bigfoot across the state of Ohio. The word Bigfoot is no longer taboo. It is a name that can be brought into the open,'' Waller said, noting the television shows such as ''Finding Bigfoot'' have changed the views of Bigfoot from being silly to being taken more seriously.
    Waller said he became interested in Bigfoot in the 1970s and 1980s
    He said at public meetings held by the society, stories are shared by people who have seen the creature.
    "These are the stories that I want to hear about the encounters and sightings," he said, noting he takes the stories from people and writes the information down.

    DALE DRINNON: Sasquatch illustration, Frontiers of Anthropology, Benny's Blogs, Cedar & Willow

    New at the Frontiers of Anthropology:


    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.


    The Gonzo Daily - Sunday
    As it has been much of the week
    my Internet is up the creek
    non existent or painfully slow
    a British Telecom tale of woe
    But the Gonzo Blogs still make it through
    rock and roll stuff from me to you
    and just because it amuses me
    on Sundays I do it in poetry
    Forget the Beatles and the Rolling Stones
    our track of the day is from Percy Jones
    who really is extremely ace
    at playing melodic and tuneful bass
    And now I post from me to you
    a groovy Hawkwind interview
    with their maestro David Brock
    who is the master of space rock
    And now Thom the World Poet's here
    we wouldn't forget him have no fear
    he gets us through difficult times
    with his homour, common sense, and words that rhyme
    And now the Gonzo Weekly Magazine
    has reached #50 issues seen
    and I'm rather proud of what we've done
    but we've only really just begun
    Casting melliflous musical spells
    Frank Zappa's 200 Motels
    was done live in London for the first time
    here's a review, its really fine
    And lastly, something  that really works
    Billy Sherwood and Captain Kirk's
    interview posted here by me
    about their groovy new CD
    And that's enough from this particular freak,
    the poems will be back next week

    *  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: http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/11/all-gonzo-news-wots-fit-to-print.html

    * 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. 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

    Yesterday’s News Today

    On this day in 1954 the first Godzilla film was released.
    And now the news:
  • Bonobos comfort each other
  • Animals in Marine Sanctuaries Not Immune to Human ...
  • Scent Marking The Mammalian Equivalent of Showy Pl...
  • FDA finds rodent hair and wood slivers in your imp...
  • Nov. 2 Is National Bison Day
  • Earthworms Trap Carbon, But Do They Influence Clim...
  • Prince of Wales to help save Australia's wildlife

  • Animal Personalities Are More Like Humans Than Fir...

  • The trailer for the 2014 version of Godzilla, which if the trailer is anything to go, by might well be a decent film (although I've been burned by that sort of assumption before, 'Be Kind, Re-Wind' for example) :