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, January 31, 2014

CRYPTOLINK: On the trail of something big?

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. 

By Annette Jordan

The Uwharrie National Forest covers over 50,645 acres in Randolph, Montgomery and Davidson counties.

A haven for campers and hikers, it has a reputation for winding trails, teeming wildlife, trickling streams and hauntingly beautiful vistas.

Over the years, I’ve had folks tell me it has a reputation for being hauntingly different in other ways. Folklorists spin yarns of a headless horseman legend. UFO enthusiasts spy mysterious orbs of light hovering above the forest or bouncing through the woods. And then there’s folks like Lee Woods, of Asheboro, who prowl the forest in search of another kind of creature, the legendary Bigfoot.

Does Bigfoot exist? And does he indeed roam our national forest?

Those who claim to have evidence of his existence have been featured on Animal Planet’s “Finding Bigfoot.” Another episode is planned for later this year featuring Woods.

For more than seven years, Woods and his buddies have camped out, equipped with audio equipment and cameras, hoping to snare evidence even doubting Thomases can’t ignore. Among the items they’ve accumulated: An audio of inhuman screams taped about 4 in the morning, a thick pelt of coarse brown and black fur stuck in tree bark six feet off the ground (that hunters swear couldn’t belong to a bear or deer); huge human-like footprints photographed in the dirt; and once a blurred photo of a tall creature peeking from behind a tree trunk.

But they have never spotted Bigfoot up close.

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