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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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

CRYPTOZOOLOGY ONLINE: On The Track (Of Unknown Animals) Episode 75

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 over six years now - 75 episodes. Golly!

This episode brings you:

CFZ in Winter
New faces and old faces return
Parcelling up suspected thylacine droppings for fun and profit
They're gonna put us in the movies
Tasmania expedition
Exclusive footage from the thylacine expedition
The dogs get disruptive
Out of place birds
New and Rediscovered: New cat
New and Rediscovered: New porcupine
New and Rediscovered: New shrew
A message to Enid
Seasons greetings from the family

CFZ PEOPLE: Graidi Rivenberg Taylor-Rose

Happy Birthday honey

INAPPROPRIATE CORNER: Unfortunate publishing layouts of our time

1. Pretty sure it wasn’t them..
2. Parents magazine needs pay more attention to its sticker placement

EPIC CRYPTOFAIL: Local newspaper confuses goat-slaying demon with Mexican food. Totally changes the story


Members of the CFZ outside of Myrtle Cottage. Photo via
In the idyllic English countryside of northern Devon, on Back Street in the little town of Woolsery (nee Woolfardisworthy, population 1,123), sits Myrtle Cottage. For much of its existence, the cottage served as the family home of British Colonial Service Officer J.T. Downes, and was a place of utter normalcy. Now the home belongs to Downes’ son, Jonathan, and since 2005 it has become a rendezvous for people from all over the world to meet and discuss the presence of predatory wildcats on the English moors; proposed expeditions in search of draconic serpents in the swamps of South Sudan; and the validity of a recent spate of anecdotes about Papua New Guinean villagers building stockades to guard against murderous, 30-foot lizards raiding them from the depths of uncharted forests.
Woolsery is now the headquarters for Jonathan Downes’ Center for Fortean Zoology, which operates its museum, library, filmmaking studio, and small on-site publishing house from the cottage. But despite its studious veneer, Fortean Zoology, is not an established and/or respected academic discipline. It’s Downes’s new moniker for cryptozoology, the search for undiscovered and mythical beasts. More colloquially, it’s the world of monster hunters—a world of sincere, often-bumbling believers, but also of hoaxers and profiteers who’ve sullied the title.


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 Gonzo Daily - Wednesday
Those of you waiting for your copies of Animals & Men #51 will be happy to know that the first boxes of them arrived yesterday. They will go out as soon as we can. You may also be pleased to know that the final version of JoC#2 will be available later this week, as will Matt Salusbury's book on pygmy elephants. Later today I will be interviewing Pam Windo, about the Gonzo re-releases of her late husband's albums, and will also be putting together some questions for Thee Faction, who are the first people in thirty years to call me Comrade Downes. So basically, life goes on as usual.
Another visit to our old friend Thom the World Poet
Yes announce Triple Album Tour in Canada for March 2014
Vangelis And The Journey to Ithaka Documentary Now Available

*  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?

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

Yesterday’s News Today

On this day in 1974 the voice over artist Lisa Ortiz was born. She has worked on so many animes, games, movies and children's cartoons the chances are you will have heard her voice even if you didn't know it at the time, but her most famous roles are as Lina Inverse in Slayers, Amy Rose in Sonic the Hedgehog, Tony Tony Chopper in One Piece and as numerous voices in Pokemon including Sabrina, Flannery and Oshawott.

And now the news:

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  • Study documents catastrophic collapse of Sahara-wi...
  • Feeding by Tourists Compromises Health of Already-...
  • Zookeepers mistakenly attempt to mate two male slo...
  • Protective measures are a 'death sentence' for rar...
  • Surprising Discovery: Skin Communicates With Liver...
  • Bringing an End to Bear Baying (Op-Ed)

  • Peaceful Bumblebee Becomes Invasive

  • There was some “The Shining” level creepiness in the Pokemon episode with Ash and Sabrina's gym battle: