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

FORTEAN: Tall White Nazi Space Aliens Are Not -- We Repeat NOT -- Invading

The craziest story to emerge from the Edward Snowden leaked documents affair probably has nothing to do with Edward Snowden ... or reality.
According to a story posted by Iran's Fars News Agency, the U.S. government has been under the control of a shadow government overseen by extraterrestrials who helped Nazi Germany's rise in the 1930s.
The news agency story suggests that documents revealed by Snowden are part of a Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) report which states the information provides "incontrovertible proof that an alien/extraterrestrial intelligence agenda is driving U.S. domestic and international policy, and has been doing so since 1945."


What has Corinna's column of fortean bird news got to do with Cryptozoology?

Well, everything actually!

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. 


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 that 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. 

  • VIDEO LINK: Lost Land of the Tiger
  • VIDEO LINK: Lost Land of the Jaguar

  • 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.

    Read on...

    ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

    News and stories from the remoter fringes of the CFZ blogosphere...

    From Nick Redfern's World of Whatever:
    From CFZ-USA:


    The Gonzo Daily - Friday
    And so we are back home after a tumultuous few days. Jefferson Starship were completely awesome in Wolverhampton on tuesday night; I have seldom seen a better gig. But Auburn. What can I say? I saw them live supporting Jefferson Starship about 18 months ago, and they were great, but on tuesday they took it to an entirely different level. I am very much looking forward to editing the video I took. I only hope that I did them justice...
    Gary Windo album reissue featuring Robert Wyatt and Nick Mason...
    Issue 63 of the Gonzo Weekly is in the pipeline. It features an exclusive interview with Mark Murdock of 'Cymbalic Encounters' fame, another interview with the mighty Galahad, and an account of our adventures with Jefferson Starship, and more news, reviews, views, interviews and kangaroos (OK, no Macropoda but I got carried away with things that rhymed with OOOOS) than you can shake a stick at. And the best part is IT's COMPLETELY FREE!!!
    To make sure that you don't miss your copy of future issues make an old hippy a happy chappy and subscribe

    PS. If you are already a subscriber but think that you haven't been receiving your copies please check your spam filters. For some reason known only to the Gods of the internet, some e-mail programmes automatically count the magazine as 'spam' probably because it comes from a mass mailer. Either that or they are just jealous of our peerless content

    *  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 2010 Avatar became the first movie to gross over $2 billion worldwide. Although a good movie it's massive success means that Cameron will be tied up making sequels to it for the next 7 years or so and therefore is unlikely to be able to make the live action film of Battle Angel Alita/Gunnm that he'd been planning. A great loss because he is one of the few directors that would have properly understood the source material and created something awesome.

    And now the news:

  • Endangered Species Act Protection Sought for Seven...
  • Lizards breathe more efficiently than humans do - ...
  • Villagers adopt lonely Porrick the pig
  • Zoo relying on new arrivals for future breeding - ...
  • Darwin’s garden purchased

  • The unacceptable cost of 'gassing' rattlers----Op-...

  • Here's the trailer for the anime adaptation of Gunnm, just in case you were wondering what I was whittering on about: