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, July 25, 2014


The Gonzo Daily - Friday

The saga of the westcountry beavers gets more complicated. They have been reintroduced to Scotland, and there are plans to reintroduce them to Wales. In Devon, at a secret location (which I believe is near Budleigh) there is a DEFRA sponsored project to see if reintroducing beavers will help with flood control. But these are all European beavers. The ones that have been living in Somerset ever since a pair escaped in 1969, and other scattered individuals across the country are Canadian beavers - a species which CANNOT interbreed with the European species, and which outcompetes it wherever it has been introduced, as has happened in Finland. It is unclear whether the ones which have turned up in Devon, in the River Otter, apparently wild are European or Canadian. If the latter, they should be caught and relocated, if the former why bother? I found this picture http://www.itv.com/news/westcountry/update/2012-04-26/beaver-found-in-river-because-of-rising-water-levels/ of a beaver in the River Otter two years ago. Showing it to Lars Thomas, he wrote:
"On that picture I can't say for certain - if only the focus was a little bit better, I could be certain (Canadian beavers have square nostrils, but European ones have triangular nostrils). But from the general impression - the head seems very small and rounded, and there is a tendency to a snubnose - this image looks Canadian to me. But again - I am not certain. The differences are small, and the image is to much out of focus to be 100% certain".
So the plot thickens, and I for one, am finding it completely fascinating.
*  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 an orange kitten named after a song by Frank Zappa 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 kitten?

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