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 24, 2013

CRYPTOLINK: NEW INFORMATION on "Drunk Bigfoot or Drunk Man" Video

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. 

DALE DRINNON: The Panda bat

Just one post today. Dale is still having serious problems with Blogger.


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 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. 

  • CANADA SIGHTINGS: Wildlife officer who killed coug...
  • NEWSLINK: Of sighs and sightings on big cat trail
  • UK SIGHTINGS: Could this be proof of big cats in G...
  • NEWSLINK: Lions, tigers and heirs! Trio of America...

  • NEWSLINK: Pet survivor of the year


    The Gonzo Daily - Christmas Eve
    Last night was, I suppose, the equivalent of the annual office party. Mother had two glasses of sherry, Corinna went to bed early, and Dave B-P, Graham and I drank various things, listened to various things, and generally had a boozy good time. This winter has so far been very windy and very wet but has been extraordinarily mid temperature-wise. I always worry about such mild winters because so many organisms need the trigger of freezing to grow properly. Then again, I said exactly the same thing last year, and after Christmas we had a vile cold snap that lasted into April. But the following summer was the best one for butterflies in many years. And whilst on the subject of butterflies, as you will know if you read my meanderings, this has been the best year for long-tailed blues since the 1940s but a few weeks ago there was another aberrant record - one of the first British records of a yellow-legged tortoiseshell. I wonder what next year has in store for us lepidopterists.

    Another visit to our old friend Thom the World Poet
    You will probably have noticed that this week I am just posting some of my favourite songs  even though they are off topic, and today's Track of the Day is by Elephant's Memory
    *  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 1980 unusual lights were spotted for the first time near to the RAF Woodbridge airbase in Rendlesham Forest in the UK. Debate still goes on as to what the lights were, if indeed there were lights at all, with theories including U.S. Government mind-control experiments, alien spacecraft, people with torches and misidentified lighthouse beams or a combination of one or more of those explanations.
    And now the news:

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  • There should be more Christmas songs with paranormal themes: