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, February 28, 2014


Bigfoot Evidence: Listen To This Aussie's Encounter With a 6' Yowie
The story goes that Patterson and Gimlin had developed a strong interest in Bigfoot, and in October 1967 they rented the movie camera and went off .

Bigfoot Evidence: Joe Rogan Is Hilarious Deer Hunting [NSFW]
Conversations can get weird when you're sitting out in the woods for too long... especially when you're out in the woods with comedians Joe Rogan ...

Ohio Bigfoot - YouTube
Ohio Bigfoot. Chester Gilmartin·1,352 ... Southeastern Ohio Bigfoot Speaks: "Finding Bigfoot" by TheSquatchmaster 7,058 views · 4:40. Watch Later

BIGFOOT Santa Cruz STRANGE - YouTube
Above the beach community of Santa Cruz is the mountain home to several Bigfoot. Santa Cruz Sasquatch in the shadows.

Bigfoot Evidence: Watch: Bigfoot Researchers Find Bigfoot Food
Bigfoot Evidence Matt K.
If bigfoot are in an area, they are going to have to eat something. Part of good bigfoot research is finding plentiful food sources for these creatures.

The Bigfoot Field Journal: Bigfoot Research - Moving "Blob Squatch" on Hill Above Me - Preview
Bigfoot Research - Moving "Blob Squatch" on Hill Above Me - Preview. I am still working on the video but wanted to give you a preview of what I have ...

Bigfoot - Facepunch
Bigfoot needs to be roaming the woods!! 1 bigfoot at a time, when he gets killed he respawns. It would be fun to go hunt for bigfoot :) He should be

Bigfoot Killed? To Be Displayed
The show, 10 Million Bigfoot Bounty, encouraged not just scientific discovery–like a catch and release program for taking photos and blood ...

Breaking Brad: Traveling Bigfoot corpse exhibit coming to a county fair near you
A man in Texas claimed he killed Bigfoot and is now on tour with the corpse. That Douglas County Fair potentially just got a lot more interesting.

Forbidden Bigfoot: Exposing the Controversial Truth about Sasquatch, Stick Signs, UFOs, Human ...
Countless books and documentaries have offered up the same explanation, that Bigfoot are nothing more than large, bipedal apes that mainstream ...

CFZ PEOPLE: Joyce Howarth (1954-2014)

Joyce Howarth, our old friend, CFZ patroness and hedge witch, and second only to Tony Shiels, the most powerful magician I have ever met, has died suddenly and unexpectedly in her sleep.

I have known something was coming for days; there have been signs and portents a-plenty. Now I know where they were leading.

Goodbye, my dear. I love you and miss you more than I can say....

Farewell to Thee! But not farewell
To all my fondest thoughts of Thee;
Within my heart they still shall dwell
And they shall cheer and comfort me.                                 Anne Bronte


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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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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    The Gonzo Daily - Friday
    Yesterday afternoon I received the news that my long-time friend Joyce Howarth died unexpectedly in her sleep on Wednesday night. I had not seen her for some years but at one time she was a fixture at the CFZ. Nick Redfern affectionately partially based the character of 'Mother Sarah Graymalkin' from his book Three Men Seeking Monsters on her, and I wrote my song 'Hey You', which described "the wisest of all the wise women I know" about and for her. Her partner of 15 years, Steve Cummins, and her three daughters are constantly in my thoughts and prayers. Blessings be with you, my dears.
    This is particularly poignant for me because although she is far from being the first of my friends to have died, she is - I think - the first of my friends of roughly the same age as me who has died of natural causes. The others were all substance related, or died through accident or violence (mostly self-inflicted). As someone who is not in the best of health, Joyce dying suddenly at the age of sixty - only five years older than me - is somewhat of a shock.
    Rest in Peace my dear, sweet friend.
    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?

    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:

    OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

    Yesterday’s News Today

    On this day in 1978 Fortean and Sci-Fi writer Eric Frank Russell died.
    And now the news:

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