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 15, 2014


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I do because on the evening of March 22, 2011 I watched as a Bigfoot Creature crossed the road in front of me on Golden Valley Church Road in 


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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    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. 

    DAN HOLDSWORTH: Strange Sculptures

    I seem to have a knack of finding these things...

    Firstly in Woking, home of H. G. Wells:

    and secondly in Manchester. Quite why a sculpture of a sinking ship is
    here, instead outside the Manchester City ground, I really can't say:


    March 2014: Tomorrow (15 March) the so-called sport of shooting tame, trapped lions will be in the spotlight. An unprecedented 55 marches across the world will simultaneously call for it to be banned in South Africa.
    Called The Global March for Lions this world event will begin with a screening of a global prayer, led by Archbishop Tutu and his daughter Reverend Mpho Tutu at each venue, including one in London.
    The London march has been co-organised by LionAid and photographer Paul Tully, and starts at 3pm at various locations. Eight separate marches will then arrive at the South African Embassy in Trafalgar Square, at 4pm, for speeches. 
    Philip Mansbridge, CEO of Care for the Wild, said: “Trophy hunting of any kind is deplorable, but Canned Hunting is particularly pathetic and vile. There is no skill, bravery or honour in any animal killing, least of all when they’re practically tame and trapped in an enclosed area.
    “No wonder Canned Hunting is known as South Africa’s Dirty Little Secret. Lionesses are forced into an abnormal number of pregnancies to produce cubs. Then the cubs are raised, often by na├»ve overseas volunteers, in farms where tourists can come and have their photos taken with the animals, thinking that they are doing their bit for conservation.
    “Finally, when the cubs are too old to pet, they are taken off to an enclosed location where they wait for their turn to be shot by some hero. And of course, the hero will want the head as a trophy, so the lion gets shot in the body, probably dying a slow and painful death.”
    There is no legal definition for canned hunting but generally lions get bred in captivity, hand-reared for use in the cub petting industry. Then when these tame lions are big enough, they are shot in an enclosure often drugged, for an enormous sum of money.
    The target animal is unfairly prevented from escaping the hunter, either by physical constraints (fencing) or by mental constraints.
    White lions are particularly targeted because of their rarity. Linda Tucker, CEO of the Global White Lion Protection Trust said: “The lion crisis impacts on all of nature. If we don’t as a matter of dire urgency restore the rights of pride and dignity to the King of Kings, other magnificent wild beasts which have flourished for hundreds of thousands of years – like the Rhino – will ultimately be treated as a commodity, removed from their wild systems and bred in captivity to be killed for short-term gain.”
    To make it worse bones from the dead lions are then sold into the Asian medicine trade, which then leads to increased demand and more wild lion poaching.
    Wild populations of lions are in deep trouble, already extinct in around 25 African countries with the West African lion being dangerously close to complete extinction.

    The march has two aims; to ban canned hunting in South Africa and to pressurize national governments to stop the importation of lion parts.
    The marches will be taking place at  cities all over the world on march 15 (click here to find more information and your nearest)  


    The Gonzo Daily - Saturday
    I was very touched by the number of tributes that came in from around the world to the memory of the late great Orange Cat. He was a remarkable felid (if none too bright) and he left his pawprint on a lot of people's hearts. It really looks as if Spring has finally sprung, and it is lovely to be able to sit at my desk in shirtsleeves and with the door wide open. I hope that this year will be as extraordinary one for British butterflies as last year was, and to start it off a large tortoiseshell was seen in Suffolk (near the McDonalds in Felixtowe of all places) on three days this week, and another was seen and photographed in Sussex, Pretty good for a species that has supposed to have been extinct in the UK for over fifty years!

    This week's issue of Gonzo Weekly is very nearly here. Hooray!!! It has some unpublished Pink Fairies stuff from over 20 years ago, an encounter between Keith Levene (ex The Clash and PiL) and Graham Inglis (who lives in my spare room) a new Auburn video and a report on The Musical Box plus Acid Mothers Temple, Dr Who, Hawkwind, Eric Burdon, and more news, reviews, views, interviews and and long nosed potoroos (OK, no rabbit sized macropoda,  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 an orange kitten named after a song by Frank Zappa 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 kitten?

    OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


    Sticking with the Japanese special occasion theme, today is Honen Matsuri, which is a famous fertility festival where a giant penis is paraded through the streets.
    And now the news:

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  • A short video about Honen Matsuri: