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, February 11, 2014

ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

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


CRYPTOLINK: Bigfoot coming to Houston; Yeti makes appearance in Maine

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. 

HOUSTON, TX – Yeti or not, here he comes too! Recently, much has been said about the larger than life, mythical beast “Bigfoot”. This big-talk stems mostly from a Texas hunter, who claims he’s killed a real Sasquatch and will take the big body on tour, with Houston as one of the stops.
But now, the big guy’s albino cousin has supposedly come out of the woods as well. This, according to a Maine man who claims he saw a Yeti, out in the nether regions of his northern state. The man, going by the initials M.P. says he saw what he’s calling a “white Bigfoot” while taking a walk in the woods with his dogs. Of course, the man has no proof of the encounter, and without evidence these M.P. claims are mostly seen as empty claims. You know what they say, seeing is believing. Which brings us back to Bigfoot.

Read on...

CRYPTOLINK: Bigfoot Research - Stick Structures

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. 

This is the best stick structure I have found during my research. It was placed beside a stick structure that I had built as an experiment. I built a stick structure, urinated on it, placed a trail camera watching it to see if I would get any response. Come back a week later and beside my stick structure but out of the cameras field of view is a awesome stick structure that I think the Bigfoot built to kinda show me up.


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. 

  • US SIGHTINGS: Ohio "big cat" video - Kentucky Hunt...
  • NEWSLINK: A Bobcat Love Story - The Purrfect Match...
  • UK SIGHTINGS: Big Cat Spotted in Canal Winchester
  • UK SIGHTINGS: Big cat sighted at Hornshoe Point

  • US SIGHTINGS: Garden City man spots mountain lion ...

    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 Gonzo Daily - Tuesday
    Yesterday I was very rock and roll. I lounged about the place looking moody, talking in a gruff voice and taking a lot of drugs! OK the gruff voice was because of my retreating cold, and the drugs were lemsip and a proprietary cough medicine from the village shop, so I am not quite Keith Richards no matter how hard I try. It is really beginning to feel like early spring outside, but - and forgive me for being such a misery guts on such a sunny morning - I cannot help but wonder what the effect of such a warm wet winter will be upon the ecosystem here as a whole. 2013 was the best year for British butterflies for a long time, and I cannot help but assume that it was because the winter of 2012/3, had several months of freezing temperatures. I don't think we have had more than a couple of nights of frost all winter, no snow, and only a couple of bouts of hail. January was - apparently - the wettest on record. So it will be interesting to see what 2014's butterflies are like. Dismal, I predict.
    Prog Comedy Comes To BBC4 – Featuring Rick Wakeman

    You will, I hope, be pleased to hear that Issue 64 of the Gonzo Weekly is OUT. This issue features Liz Lenten's scrapbook of the tour they did with Jefferson Starship, an exclusive interview with Bridget Wishart about Spirits Burning, Hawkwind and all sorts of other things, new music from Steve Ignorant's Slice of Life, new music from Mike Davis and Lizzy Rowe, the new Small Faces compilation album, the Small School in Hartland, the legendary Roy Weard on why we make music, Clepsydra tour dates and more news, reviews, views, interviews and brindled gnus (OK, no specialised African antelopes 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
    PPS: I am already working on Issue 65, which will feature an EXCLUSIVE Pink Fairies interview, an exclusive interview with prog album artist Sandor Kwiatkowski,the return of the mighty Six Foot Three, and lotsa other good stuff which I've not done yet..
    *  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?
    Jonathan Downes,
    Director: Centre for Fortean Zoology
    Director: CFZ Publishing Group
    Editor: Animals & Men
    Editor: Still on the track
    Editor: Gonzo Daily (Music and More)
    Editor: Gonzo Weekly magazine
    Presenter: On the Track (Of Unknown Animals)
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    OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


    On this day in 1990 Nelson Mandela was released from prison in South Africa.
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  • At his trial, before he was imprisoned, Mandela gave one of the most important speeches of the 20th century. Here is an audio recording of it: