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, November 26, 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. 

The worldwide mystery cat phenomenon (or group of phenomena, if we are to be more accurate) is not JUST about cryptozoology. At its most basic level it is about the relationship between our species and various species of larger cat. That is why, sometimes, you will read stories here which appear to have nothing to do with cryptozoology, but have everything to do with human/big cat interaction. As committed Forteans, we believe that until we understand the nature of these interactions, we have no hope of understanding the truth that we are seeking. 

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    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: Bigfoot, sasquatch, nahuelito, Benny's Blogs

    New at the Frontiers of Zoology:


    The Gonzo Daily - Tuesday
    Last night Richard and I drank a little wine and watched 'An adventure in space and time', the dramatisation of the struggle to start Dr Who all those years ago. It was touching, moving, thought-provoking and left you feeling enriched from watching it. In short, everything that the much touted 50th anniversary show wasn't. I wouldn't go as far as some people and say that it was the most boring episode ever, but it was disappointingly unremarkable. Our intern of a couple of years ago, Saskia, is back as of today, and we are delighted to have her return. The next few months will be interesting for her...
    Another visit to our old friend Thom the World Poet
    Steve Hackett: An intimate chat with the prodigious guitarist of 'Genesis'
    Stephen Stills, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Richie Furay Perform "For What It's Worth" on 'Austin City Limits'
    Yes Drummer Alan White Very Excited About Band’s Rock Hall Nomination

    *  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?

    CFZ PEOPLE: Saskia England the CFZ Intern

    She was with us for a week two years ago, but now work placements beckon and she is back. Like her counterpart Sheri she is studying Animal Management at college.....

    CFZ PEOPLE: Robin Pyatt Bellamy

    Happy Birthday honeypie

    OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

    Yesterday’s News Today

    On this day in 1977 Southern Television's audio transmission was hacked by a UFO enthusiast calling himself Vrillon. In the audio, heard during the ITN news, Vrillon claimed to be a representative of the Intergalactic Association and requested that all weapons of evil be removed from the planet. You can read more about this interesting incident here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vrillon

    And now the news:

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  • I suspect Vrillon might have been influenced by this fine song: