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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Monday, February 24, 2014


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. 

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    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. 

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    Karl Shuker investigates a hitherto-obscure but centuries-old cryptozoological mystery featuring an unidentifiable parrot in  a classic Dutch painting.

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    ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

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    From CFZ-USA:


    The Gonzo Daily - Monday
    We got back from two days with Hawkwind at tea time yesterday, and I spent most of the rest of the day wandering about in a daze. I feel very privileged to have been part of the whole experience, and the bits of our film that I have seen so far look pretty bloody awesome. So, boys and girls, there was more to our activities this weekend than eating sushi and swaggering about the place with an access all areas pass on my camera strap.
    There are pictures from the rehearsal in Seaton on Friday in this week's Gonzo Weekly, which can be found HERE:
    Coming back on the train from London after having seen Space Ritual twice, and looking at the flood-devastated Somerset Levels, I heard Mr Dibs in my mind intoning "Welcome to the rehydrated land!" If you don't know what I mean, shame on ya!
    There will be lots of photographs and even some video of the weekend's activities in next weekend's Gonzo Weekly. However, there seems to have been somewhat of a problem with the Facebook links to the latest issue of Gonzo Weekly, so please forgive us, and I am posting it again this morning. This issue features an EXCLUSIVE Corky Laing interview, various tributes to the Norse Gods' last battle,Ragnarok, exclusive Hawkwind Space Ritual rehearsals, the return of the mighty Six Foot Three, Clepsydra box set details, news about Hawkwind live this weekend, a pork pie fight, and more news, reviews, views, interviews and packets of fruit chews (OK, no special chewy sweets, 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 this and 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 1945 the actor Barry Bostwick was born. Bostwick's d├ębut screen role was playing Brad Majors on The Rocky Horror Picture Show after which he went on to become a multi-award-winning singer of rock ballads, gaining acclaim with such hits as Bat Out of Hell, I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That) and … No, hang on; that was Meatloaf, who played Eddie in TRHPS. Bostwick went on to star in Weekend At Bernie's II, Hannah Montana: The Movie and FDR: American Badass!

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