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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Saturday, March 01, 2014


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. 


bIGfoot Found, Killed, and on Tour!
For $20 fans can see the formerly evasive Bigfoot. It should be noted Dyer has made this same claim before, but swears this time it's not a hoax. So far.

Meeting good friends at a Missouri wedding and a Bigfoot encounter - Your Weekly Paper
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A true friend is one who never stops caring or loving, even though time and the years quickly pass. I can say that about Dave and Norma Clark and ...

Body of Bigfoot? - WPTV.com
(KPRC) With cash in hand, people lined up to catch a glimpse of what a hunter claims is Bigfoot at the Alamo Drafthouse movie theater in west ...

Hundreds Lineup to See Alleged Corpse of Bigfoot
Hundreds Lineup to See Alleged Corpse of Bigfoot ... to catch a glimpse of what one man says is the taxidermy remains of mythical beast Bigfoot.

Bigfoot hunter or hoaxer? | WWLP
(KPRC) With cash in hand, people lined up to catch a glimpse of Bigfoot at the Alamo Drafthouse movie theater in west Houston. The crowds were ...
Bigfoot Evidence: The Secret Life of Bigfoot
Praise For The Hairy Man: The Secret Life Of Bigfoot is the new book authored by Andrew Colvin and Jeffery Pritchett. This book delves into the ...

New Bigfoot TV Show to Target the Jobless, Homeless - Cryptozoology News
New Bigfoot TV Show to Target the Jobless, Homeless. By Michael Bachman February 24th, 2014. Public domain LOS ANGELES — The makers of an ...

Schlock Corridor: The Natural Wonder Of THE LEGEND OF BIGFOOT | Badass Digest
The dullest movie ever made about Bigfoot is also Andrew's favorite.

Bigfoot (TV Movie 2012) - Full Cast & Crew - IMDb
Bigfoot (TV Movie 2012) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more.

Virginia Hunter Shoots a Bigfoot! (Allegedly) - Fairfax Underground
All they need is a bigfoot app that makes bigfoot hollers and translates bogfoot chatter into american. Yes sir. They gonna get them some bigfeet.

Bigfoot VIDEO Willow Creek California

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. 


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. 


The Gonzo Daily - Saturday
Today is much sunnier than expected, and as we have a plethora of interns around the place (well, Saskia and her brother Riley) I am sending Graham out with a chainsaw. Hmmm, I think I should rephrase that, cos it sounds a little Ed Gein. However, we have been looking for a chance to do the winter pruning on the garden trees, and if we don't do it this weekend it will be far too late. Saskia has been given a project to do for her coursework which basically means she will be giving the Conservatory the refurbishment that I have been meaning to get around to for the last three years. Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.
This week's issue of The Gonzo Weekly is imminent, and features Hawkwind, Hawkwind, and some more Hawkwind, plus exclusive interviews with two musical legends - Keith Levene (ex-PiL and The Clash) and Judy Dyble (founder member of Fairport Convention and the band that was later to become King Crimson), plus stories on Mike Rutherford, Acid Mothers Temple, Devo, Paul Whitrow, and the world premiere of new videos by Auburn and Galahad, and more news, reviews, views, interviews and packets of long nosed potoroos (OK, no special rabbit-sized macropodiformes, especially in convenient packaging) 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
In the meantime you can still read last week's issue here:
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?

CRYPTOLINK: Watch: Bigfoot Tracks in Massachusetts

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OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


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

A reading from the Eric Frank Russell story The Great Explosion: