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, March 04, 2014

CFZ PEOPLE: Mike Davis

50 yesterday

Happy Birthday Mike.  

And even Peanut (aka Captain Frunobulax) is wishing you the same down there in the right hand corner.  


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. 

  • San Antonio ZooKeeper Mauled by Sumatran Tiger - B...
  • Sunderbans tiger count steady, but prey base not e...
  • Man Faces Charges After Taking Tiger To Bar

  • VIDEO: Deadly Big Cats in New York Wilderness | Co...

    Bigfoot Evidence/ Open Lines - Shows - Coast to Coast AM
    In the first half, 25-year veteran journalist and long-time Bigfoot researcher, Rob Riggs, will discuss the mounting evidence for why he believes Bigfoot ...

    Bigfoot Carcass Display Exemplifies The Spirit Of Our Age - The Awl
    It is rare that a single local news story so fully encapsulates the tenor of the times, but when it does happen, boy, have you ever got something special ...

    Bigfoot Evidence: Here's an Awesome Music Video Based on Justin Smeja and Bigfoot
    Bigfoot Evidence Shawn
    OK. We can't really say for sure the hunter in this music video is really Justin Smeja, but we can't help but to wonder if it was inspired by him.

    The Bigfoot Field Journal: Bigfoot Lurking On The Hillside - Sketches
    I worked on an interpretive sketch based off elements of the still captures for the video. This is just one possible sketch of how this Bigfoot may actually ...

    Bigfoot Evidence: Watch How Lon Strickler's Bigfoot Sighting Spark a Government Investigation
    Check out this incredible story of the Sykesville Bigfoot sighting by Lon Strickler that set forth an official investigation that led to citywide curfews and ...

    A Young Bigfooter's Mysterious Encounter | Finding Bigfoot: Rejected Evidence - YouTube
    Keith reviews footage sent in from a young and talented Squatch hunter and offers some tips on what to do should you encounter a Bigfoot. | For more ...

    You'd think that we'd have solved the sasquatch mystery by now
    Yet Sasquatch, Bigfoot, Yeti, whatever, remains as elusive as ever despite reward offers of up to $10 million for its capture. Which is a pretty good trick ...

    Bigfoot Evidence: When Kooshda Killed the Bigfoot
    Bigfoot Evidence Shawn
    The original title is "Kooshda the Coward" because in those days what we call Bigfoot today was not in existence as a cryptid animal. It was considered ...
    Sasquatch Evidence: The Green Swamp Bigfoot sighting video
    This is the important part of the Bigfoot sighting video taken in the Florida Green Swamp. I am holding back the entire video to protect my rights to

    Bigfoot Evidence: Rick Dyer Now Making It Obvious That He Has a Fake Bigfoot, His Statements ...
    To all those people who believes Rick Dyer has a real Bigfoot, here's what we've been noticing lately. Dyer isn't even trying anymore! Every news ...


    As I said to Saskia the intern this morning. There are two types of boss. There are the ones who get up betimes, and have a whole day's activities planned for their students when they arrive. And there are the ones who stay up all night drinking wine with Richard Freeman, go to bed just before seven, and stagger out of bed ten minutes before their amanuensis arrives, greeting her with a bleary smile and a demand for cups of tea. I, of course, am part of the first group and professional to the last.
    This week's issue of The Gonzo Weekly is here, 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
    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?


    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: Australia's Bigfoot the yowie in 1936 photograph?

    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. 

    WALLY THE COMEDY RHINOCEROS: Yesterday's News Today

    Oll is away so for today Yesterday's News Today is done by Wally the Comedy Rhinoceros. He is a stand-up comedian of some renown. Here is one of his rhino-related jokes.

    Q: How do you know when a rhino's about to charge? 
    A: He takes out his credit card. 

    Ha Ha! That was funny. Sidesplitting. Yes. Ha!

    Now for the news....

  • The Nail in the Coffin for the Mission Beach Agile...
  • Stench may be ebbing but battle brews again over s...
  • Rabbit rescued from chimney after spending three d...
  • 3.5 billion-year-old fossil found
  • Australia: Snake eats crocodile after battle
  • 19th century fish attends Royal Devon and Exeter H...
  • Trail of Red Riding Hood traced
  • New Hebrides trench: First look at unexplored deep...
  • Top chef accuses Tesco: 'If you care about our oce...
  • Laser beam makes flies flirt
  • Farmer is the last to take cows swimming
  • Famed Milwaukee County Zoo orangutan's death cause...
  • USDA spending $3M to feed honeybees in Midwest
  • Livestock beating pandas to the bamboo buffet
  • Microscopic Creepy-Crawly Discovered By Ohio State...

  • Ancient beasts roam Spain's wilderness

  • And now for a happy tune that you can whistle while you work: