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 17, 2013

CRYPTOLINK: Woman Tells of Her Bigfoot Encounter 60 Years Ago

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. 


CRYPTOLINK: A Bigfoot Encounter: Kendall’s Side of the Story

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. 


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. 

  • UK SIGHTINGS: Secret camera footage by big cat inv...
  • US SIGHTINGS: Wildlife chief: Louisiana panther si...
  • NEWSLINK: Vanishing mystery of three-legged Benji,...
  • NEWSLINK: Major tiger sanctuary announced for Ind...

  • NEWSLINK: Cat Domestication Traced to Chinese Farm...

    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: Woodwoses, Rough Draft of Amendments to Cryptozoological Checklist located online, 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 - Tuesday
    Yesterday was a particularly strange one. I have been trying to shake a cold for weeks now and each time I think that I have got rid of it, the bloody thing comes sneaking in under the radar. So, yesterday afternoon I spent mildly delirious in bed. I got up at about 7:30 feeling very much the worse for wear and within minutes was talking to Joey Molland, one-time guitarist and keyboard player with Badfinger. Considering I had just finished reading Graeme Thomson's biography of George Harrison I was sooooo tempted to talk about nothing else but the part Joey had played in 'All things must Pass' and 'The Concert for Bangladesh', but I managed to remain reasonably cohesive and professional even though my memory failed me at one point and I made a dreadful Beatles minutiae boo-boo for which I apologise. Hear it all in next weekend's Gonzo Weekly. To make sure you don't miss it, if you haven't done so already, why not subscribe here:
    Its completely free and I promise that we shall not sell your email address to some dodgy double-glazing call centre in Uttar Pradesh who will wake you up in the middle of the night, mispronounce your name, ask a series of impertinent questions and be generally irritating over a period of months...In the meantime I will carry on spluttering away as I manfully sip my lemsip, and generally feel sorry for myself.
    Another visit to our old friend Thom the World Poet
    Yes – Close To The Edge (1972) – Panegoric Recordings
    *  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 1957 the author Dorothy L. Sayers died. Sayers is best remembered for her mystery novels but also found acclaim as a poet, playwright and translator.
    And now the news:

  • Scientists make one of the biggest animal discover...
  • Wildlife officer's hands-free gator trap nets Gove...
  • Ronnie Wood for the Elephant Appeal: No more death...
  • Longwood woman chased by bear while walking dog
  • Aquatic Comb Jelly Floats Into New Evolutionary Po...
  • Disease, Not Climate Change, Fueling Frog Declines...
  • Geoffroy's bat 'discovered' on Bath nature reserve...
  • Conservation concerns for extinct wolves in Scotla...
  • 9 Legendary Monsters of Christmas
  • Major tiger sanctuary announced for Indonesia

  • Colony of 80,000 bats driven out of city of Charte...

  • Here's an audio version of Dorothy L. Sayer's novel Whose Body? Unfortunately the fact that it is read with an American accent makes it lose some of its atmosphere in the same way a Raymond Chandler might if it were read by someone with a broad Yorkshire accent, but don't let that put you off: