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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Thursday, February 27, 2014

CRYPTOLINK: Another dead dog

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. 

VICTORIA, Texas (WTVR) – An animal shot and killed outside a Texas couple’s home was a mythical Chupacabra, according to Doug and Lucy Ohrt. The Ohrts said their grandson shot the creature on their Texas ranch Sunday night.
But experts do not believe the slain animal is a  Chupacabra.
“They’re a mythical creature, but what most people see it really is sarcoptic mange which is caused by a mite that bites the animal,” Wildlife Biologist Josh Turner told Crossroadstoday.com. ”It can be on any mammal dogs, cats,  coyotes, foxes, and humans can get another version of it as well.”
Click her to read more on Crossroadstoday.com.


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. 

CRYPTOLINK: The Search for Bigfoot Type Creatures in Kentucky

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. 


Bigfoot Evidence: The Bigfoot of Pakistan
Bigfoot Evidence Matt K.
Stories of bigfoot-like creatures are everywhere, even in Pakistan. The Barmanou (or Barmanu) is a bipedal humanoid primate cryptid reported to be ..

Bigfoot hunters from St. Johns profiled; teachers box up their belongings: North and NE Portland ...
Outside Magazine came to St. Johns to meet with the Western Bigfoot Society. The lengthy piece was researched several years ago, but it includes a ...

Bigfoot Evidence: Bigfoot Head For Sale
Want to own something really cool? How's this for a conversation piece, a one of a kind, life-size, bigfoot bust created by Special Effects artist Doug 

Bigfoot 'carcass' to appear at Katy's Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
A Texas man who claims he bagged a Bigfoot near San Antonio is reportedly bringing the carcass to Katy's Alamo Drafthouse Cinema on Monday, ...
Bigfoot Sighting Reported on the "Outskirts" of Detroit
Although C. Brown sounds scared, recent history indicates that Bigfoot might want to watch his back. We all know what happened to the last "exotic" ...

Bigfoot News February 17, 2014 Part 1 | Beyond Highbrow - Robert Lindsay
Rick Dyer tried to kill another Bigfoot! Last night, Rick Dyer went to Minneola, Texas to a Bigfoot habituation site where Christopher Noel shot his ...

Is Detroit The New Land Of Mythological Creatures Like Bigfoot? - Hell Yeah Detroit!
According to some you can add Bigfoot to the list of concerns creeping around Detroit at night. Now that we have gotten a better grip on our 50000 ...

Bigfoot Sighting Reported on the "Outskirts" of Detroit - Monster Stops Detroit - Curbed Detroit
But this was no damn squirrel." Although C. Brown sounds scared, recent history indicates that Bigfoot might want to watch his back. We all know what ...

BIGFOOT CREATURE VIDEO California - Mulder's World
The recent wave of Mark Anders photos and video of Bigfoot seems to be taking the interwebs by storm. Now, if they were only real, I might be excited.
Breaking: Bigfoot's Body Apparently Found - Scribol.com
Image by: limonada Hunting for Bigfoot has been one of the favourite pastimes of many a hunter for the past few decades. Also known as Sasquatch, ...

Bigfoot Evidence: Craig Whoolheater: I think that it's possible that Hank is a real live dead Bigfoot
Craig Whoolheater at Cryptomundo wanted to see the Bigfoot dummy for himself in Paris, Texas last weekend. He took his friends to the carnival and 

Pedroia to Bigfoot hunters: 'Stop going at night'
But while Pedroia does believe in Bigfoot, he doesn't expect to personally catch him. Asked if he could, Pedroia said no. "I was in Phoenix and last ...


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. 

  • NEWSLINK: Jaguar gains new protection in Belize
  • NEWSLINK: Cougar & Caracal/Serval Hybrid Rescued! ...
  • NEWSLINK: Leopard on the loose: Wild big cat spark...
  • US SIGHTINGS: Big Cat in Sunset Park
  • VIDEO: LION filmed strolling around the back seat ...
  • UK SIGHTINGS: The Unexplained North: Big cats and ...
  • USA SIGHTINGS: Vacaville Mountain Lion Sightings P...
  • NEWSLINK: Gazette inspires big cat tale
  • NEWSLINK: Big cat enters Meerut hospital, sparks p...

  • NEWSLINK: Big cats survive another day as second h...
  • CRYPTOLINK: Officers take 'bigfoot' prank in stride

    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. 

    Bigfoot had eluded capture one again, it seems. Monday afternoon, a 911 call came into the Buena Vista County Communications Center reporting that a child had seen a sasquatch near a home in Alta. The call was dutifully put out over the radio, prompting a double-take by scanner owners everywhere.

    The county sheriff department's policy is to investigate all emergency calls. While the young caller had disconnected, the dispatcher was able to trace the call by GPS to an address on Highway Street. When an officer responded, there was apparently no one home and no sign of abominable snowmen or anything else unusual, and attention quickly returned to less spectacular duties.

    "We're still on the search. We have invested an exhaustive amount of manpower and overtime," joked Sheriff's Major Doug Simons Tuesday.

    Read on...


    The Gonzo Daily - Thursday
    To lose one intern in a week may look like misfortune, to lose two looks like carelessness, as Lady Bracknell might have said. This week, so far, two of the young ladies whom I had signed up as toilers in the combined CFZ/Gonzo vineyards have gone the way of all things, and decided that their life-paths and ours should veer off in separate directions. I hope it wasn't something I said. Never mind, we still have the delightful Saskia on Tuesdays and Saturdays, and if there are any other bright young people in the North Devon area who want to earn a few quid doing some mildly interesting things, please do not hesitate to get in touch!
    Work on the next issue of Gonzo Weekly has already begun, with lots of photographs and stuff relating to last weekend's Hawkwind-related activities in next weekend's Gonzo Weekly. There will also be an interview with the legendary Keith Levene, new videos from Judy Dyble and Galahad and tons more. The current issue which 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 ABSOLUTELY 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

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