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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Friday, November 29, 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:


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: Thunderbird, Champ, Lake Monster map, Frontiers of Anthropology, Benny's Blogs

New at the Frontiers of Zoology:

New at the Frontiers of Anthropology:

New at Benny's Blog for Thelma Todd:
New at Benny's Other Blog, The Ominous Octopus Omnibus:
Best Wishes, Dale D.


The Gonzo Daily - Friday
The week seems to go by incredibly fast as I get older. I can't believe that it is Friday already. No, that is a stupid thing to say - of course I believe that it is Friday, but it seems to come round ever so fast these days. Last night was pleasant; we had a visit from two newcomers to the village who I have a sneaking suspicion I shall be collaborating with on both CFZ stuff and music stuff. It is grey and wet outside, and it is a lovely feeling that in about four weeks the nights will start to get shorter again.
Another visit to our old friend Thom the World Poet
Valentina Blanca -"SHOW ME"- a tribute to Jon Anderson (legendary YES vocalist)
CAPTAIN BEEFHEART - Strange Days Indeed: The Tale of Two Weirdos On Vinyl
*  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?

TASMANIA EXPEDITION: Three more news reports

Tasmanian Tiger Still Exists? New Hunt For Extinct Thylacine Begins International Business Times
A group of British naturalists belonging to the Centre for Fortean Zoology have begun a photogenic search for the extinct Tasmanian tiger in the region's isolated ...
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Tasmanian tiger hunt: expedition team vows to return after failing to ... ABC Online
The UK-based Centre of Fortean Zoology is dedicated to tracking mythical, mystery and extinct animals around the world. Nine members have just wound up the ...
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Mystery about Tasmanian Tiger Remains Uncovered TopNews Arab Emirates
Sources have revealed that the UK-based Centre of Fortean Zoology is very firmly dedicated towards tracking mythical, mystery and extinct animals all over the ...
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CRYPTOLINK: New Sasquatch Webcast by Award-Winning Director

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. 

Many of you are familiar with the true-to-life Sasquatch movie, Letters from The Big Man. The backstory to this movie is as incredible as the movie itself. It is a story familiar to many bigfooters, a slight interest grows into a fascination as you get closer to your understanding about Sasquatch. If you watch the movie and the included 42-minute documentary titled Sasquatch and Us: Where We've Been, Where We're Going,you can see the direction and path Christopher has taken. 

Read on...

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

Yesterday’s News Today

On this day in 1898 the author C.S. Lewis was born. Lewis was best known for his Narnia books and his writings on the subject of Christianity.
And now the news:

  • New species of wild cat identified in Brazil
  • Guard Dogs Reduce Killing of Threatened Species
  • 'Wildlife at risk' from incoming ban on pesticide ...
  • 40% of by-catch turtles die after being cut free
  • Children to be banned from feeding birds in parks ...
  • The Collared Treerunner Is More Than a Single Spec...
  • Even if emissions stop, carbon dioxide could warm ...

  • Two New Beautiful Wasp Species of the Rare Genus A...

  • Ever wonder why pharmacists take over 15 minutes to pick a box of pills off the shelf when you give them your prescription? They're probably in Narnia: