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, December 10, 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.


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 that 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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    There is no Frontiers of Zoology link for today and Benny has not released any links today either. Instead there are two releases from the Frontiers of Zoology and two from Cedar and Willow, both parts of ongoing series in either place. One of the Cedar and Willow pieces is a Streampunk link and the other has reference to Shamanic Animal Powers (As used by one of the ongoing characters)


    The Gonzo Daily - Tuesday
    And so another old friend has gone. Lloyd Pye has died of cancer at the young age of 66. I was very fond of Lloyd and we were mates for just over 14 years. I first met him in mesquite, Nevada at a UFO conference in August 1999. He and I were amongst the only sane people there. After three or four days of being told how The Queen was a blood drinking lizard, how JFK had been assassinated by aliens and how the New World Order were communicating with us through the miracle of fridge magnets I had really had enough. Then up came this quietly spoken 'Southern Gentleman' in his early fifties who had in his possession a 900 year old skull that he believed was partly alien. I didn't agree with him, and still don't. But he was so humble, self effacing and respectful that I couldn't help like him. A few days later I heard him tell an uproariously funny story about a turkey that he had known in his youth on a Louisiana farmstead; the audience (including me) were in stitches, but he retained his quiet, gentlemanly demeanour all the way through. He gave me a copy of his book 'Everything you know is wrong'. It was beautifully written, and his thesis meticulously argued, and although I didn't believe a word of it, I was touched by his sincerity. Over the years we have met up many times both in the USA and in Britain, and, yes, I became close enough to him to count him as a friend. I have always looked forward to our next encounter.
    I am not crying for him. Either there is a life after death, or there is nothing (and I am not going to hazard a guess which). Either way Lloyd will be OK. But I am crying for me, and for all the other people whose lives have been touched by this dear, sweet gentle man, and who will no longer have the joy of his quiet philosophical company.
    For those of you who have not heard of him I recommend his website http://www.lloydpye.com/ so you can make up your own mind about his life's work and the enigmatic 'Starchild' skull.
    Another visit to our old friend Thom the World Poet

    *  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: www.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, 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?

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    THOSE WE HAVE LOST: Lloyd Pye (1946-2013)

    I didn't always agree with him, but I had immense respect for him, and I will miss him a lot.

    OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


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