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, March 10, 2014

CRYPTOLINK: Life-sized Thylacine's [SIC] stalking Rosebery

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. 
Updated Thu 27 Feb 2014, 3:31pm AEDT
The latest Tasmanian Tiger sightings are expected to be near Rosebery on the states West Coast, with the commissioning of a series of silhouettes depicting historical events and Tasmanian icons.

The six life sized silhouettes will be installed at Rosebery and nearby communities on the West Coast by the MMG Mine.

The stainless steel and painted silhouettes will include a Thylacine, a miner walking to work with a Gladstone bag, a man drilling into a rock, a horse and man and a platypus.

MMG's community liaison manager Christine Winskill says the project was inspired by the silhouettes on the Tasmanian Heritage Highway.

Read on...


Hello I had been having technical problems and I got out of the habit of posting my links here and now I have accumulated quite a few. These are the ones for March:

http://frontiersofzoology.blogspot.com/2014/03/central-european-water-monsters.html http://frontiersofzoology.blogspot.com/2014/03/sea-giraffes-appendix.html http://frontiersofzoology.blogspot.com/2014/03/repost-scott-mardis-on-plesiosaurs-in.html http://frontiersofzoology.blogspot.com/2014/03/the-g-e-taylor-film-loch-ness-1938.html http://frontiersofzoology.blogspot.com/2014/03/surviving-stellers-sea-cows.html http://frontiersofzoology.blogspot.com/2014/03/thalassoleonmegalotaria.html http://frontiersofzoology.blogspot.com/2014/03/flexibility-of-plesiosaur-necks.html http://frontiersofzoology.blogspot.com/2014/03/administrative-notice-about-abominables.html http://frontiersofzoology.blogspot.com/2014/03/scientists-uncover-new-species-of.html http://frontiersofzoology.blogspot.com/2014/03/first-look-at-caddy-via-scott-mardis.html http://frontiersofzoology.blogspot.com/2014/03/tote-up-review.html http://frontiersofzoology.blogspot.com/2014/03/loch-ness-monster-caught-on-underwater.html http://frontiersofzoology.blogspot.com/2014/03/giant-bird-eating-spiders.html http://frontiersofzoology.blogspot.com/2014/03/the-crypto-crew-chupacabras-update.html http://frontiersofzoology.blogspot.com/2014/03/a-couple-of-zemis-from-cuba.html


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 Isn't the Only Elusive Creature Said to Roam the Canadian Wilds (+Videos of Wendigo ...
As with Bigfoot (known as Sasquatch in Canada), these creatures lurk on the periphery. Some people relegate them to the realm of myth, fancy, and ...

Finding Bigfoot & Other Cryptid Creatures | Beyond Science - Before It's News
Craig Woolheater joins Dr. Rita Louise where he delves into the mystery of Bigfoot, sasquatch and other mysterious humanoid creatures.

Bigfoot Evidence: Watch: New Bigfoot Movie "Squatch"
Bigfoot Evidence Matt K.
From what I could gather it is an independent found-footage style horror movie about a hiker who is abducted by a bigfoot creature. Be on the lookout ...

Sasquatch lore reaches back far into BC's past
The hairy beast known as sasquatch in Canada — or Bigfoot in the U.S. — has enjoyed a place in B.C. lore for centuries. Tales or encounters originate ...

SXSW: Lionsgate Acquires Eduardo Sanchez Bigfoot Movie 'Exists' - Latino-Review.com
Hot off last night's midnight premiere at SXSW, Lionsgate has acquired the North American distribution rights to the Bigfoot found footage movie Exists.

Bigfoot Evidence: Bigfoot Attacks Moonshiner in PA [Real Bigfoot Encounters]
I hope you and Chuck have fun being the only ones trying to have bigfoot discussion here, ..... They all believe in Bigfoot and I have to take notes.

Bigfoot Evidence: Man is convinced he had a Bigfoot encounter based on the footsteps
Bigfoot Evidence Shawn
Here's an interesting account of a man and his dog who was terrified to death of what was lurking outside the cabin. Based on the footsteps heard ...

Bigfoot: The Mysterious Monster (1975) in Movie of the Day Forum
I wonder if Peter Graves himself undertook the investigation of the evidence of the existence of Bigfoot (as he claims to do in the film), or whether that ...


The Gonzo Daily - Monday
I like Sundays. I wrote the blogs in bad poetry and then do as little as possible. My lovely wife and stepdaughter took the smaller and sprightly dog out for a long walk at Fremington, and Mother, Prudence and I spent the afternoon reading and dozing, and doing very little else. All three of my womenfolk in residence are going out to spend the day visiting National Trust properties, while I stay at home and make a valiant attempt to finish On The Track. Graham came back from London yesterday at about tea time. Apparently his mission to interview Keith Levene went according to plan, and I suspect that some of the results of this will be in next week's Gonzo Weekly.
INTERVIEW: Rick Wakeman's long journey from the centre of the earth
CORKY LAING: MOUNTAIN’s God of Thunder serves up a philosophical rock opera that puts morality to the test.
This week's issue of Gonzo Weekly is here. Hooray!!! It has lots of Rick Wakeman stuff, a Cyrille Verdeaux auto-interview and a report on The Musical Box plus Acid Mothers Temple, Dr Who, Hawkwind, Eric Burdon, Wreckless Eric, and more news, reviews, views, interviews and sheep having a snooze (OK, no sleepy sheepies) 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?


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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  • US SIGHTING: Another big cat sighting. - Page 2 - ...
  • FEATURELINK: Anatomical “X-Ray” vision in the sava...
  • NEWSLINK: Cat Fight
  • NEWSLINK: Sales of dung and big cat bedding can ai...

  • NEWSLINK: Mumbai's chase of the year: Stray dog ch...
  • OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

    Yesterday’s News Today

    On this day in 2010 the actor Corey Haim died. Best known for his roles in the werewolf movie Silver Bullet and the vampire movie The Lost Boys, Corey's later life was dominated by poverty and drug addiction.
    And now the news:

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  • Council OKs plan to keep turtles from crab traps (...
  • Hair of the dog: Miracle vodka cure saves puppy fr...
  • Promoting wildlife will bring UK farmers big rewar...
  • Recovering the Santa Cruz Long-toed Salamander---A...
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  • Australian PM outrages with anti national parks st...

  • Deer proliferation disrupts a forest's natural gro...

  • That's as close to town as I like to get: