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 17, 2014

ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

News and stories from the remoter fringes of the CFZ blogosphere...


CRYPTOLINK: Zeke the “Equine Bigfoot” is home at last in Tennessee

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. 

Is that Bigfoot or Zeke?
Is that Bigfoot or Zeke?
For months he was the equine equivalent of Bigfoot, seen only fleetingly as he moved through the southeastern Tennessee countryside.
But now, Zeke, the two-year-old zebra who escaped from his home five months ago, is back with his owner.
Late last year, Zeke escaped his enclosure by jumping a fence while work was going on at the property of his owner, Ronald Price.
Zeke took a liking to his new-found freedom, enjoying the country feel that Bradley County had to offer.
Dozens of sightings came in, but Price was unable to recapture Zeke, despite his best efforts.
“We know where he’s at, we just can’t catch him,” he told local media early on during the search.
As the months rolled on, Zeke was seemingly content to hang out in wooded areas of the county.
Price remained upbeat, saying Zeke was out enjoying life.

Read on...


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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. 

  • VIDEO: Big Cat Walk About 2014 01 11
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  • UK SIGHTING: Alien Big Cat | Doubtful News
  • NEWSLINK: Tiger killed in territorial fight in Kan...
  • NEWSLINK: See lions protecting their patch at Kent...

  • NEWSLINK: Philadelphia Zoo debuts Amgur [sic] tig...


    The Gonzo Daily - Monday
    This looks like it is going to be a massively complicated week. I have people here nearly every day plus recordings to be done, books to be published and deathless prose to be banged out. My hopes of becoming a curmudgeonly old hermit are receding rapidly (or at least the hermit bit). On top of all that, for various reasons, this weekend we are massively changing the format of Gonzo Weekly, so there are bound to be complications on that score. Thank God that I have my ever expanding band of little elves who assist me through my peculiar life (or my 'Robot Army of the Undead' as I think of them in my more megalomaniac moments. I would also like to reassure people that I have not forgotten about the 2014 CFZ Yearbook. It will be here eventually I promise. And I always keep my promises in the end.

    This week's issue of Gonzo Weekly is 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, Space 1999, 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
    PPS: WARNING: If you are If you are a subscriber using Outlook, Hotmail or Outlook Express, this issue of the magazine may come out with formatting errors. I have been mucking around with this for hours trying to fix it to no avail. If you have problems reading it, please use this online version.

    *  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?


    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: The Folklore of An Niseag

    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. 

    Where does folklore end and reality begin? What is the overlap between these two planes of "existence"? This was a question obliquely asked in a recent article by “Dr. Beachcombing” when he reviewed my book “The Water Horses of Loch Ness”. You may wish to read his article first before proceeding here.
    The Doctor (as I will call him) holds the article in tension between two schools of thought. On the one extreme, there is my view that these old tales had a biological basis in truth. That is, An Niseag (the old Gaelic for Nessie pronounced "An Nee-Shack"), was a real creature hidden under the various layers of folkloric accretions. But in opposition, was the dismissive view of Daniel Loxton, co-author of “Abominable Science”, who viewed all folklore as irrelevant to the question of what is the Loch Ness Monster. I reviewed that book from a Nessie perspective back in September.

    He ultimately is sceptical of any real creature beneath the folkloric or real waves and sides with Loxton in that respect. However, he sides with this author in regards to Loch Ness folklore and opposes "Abominable Science". There was a tradition of a beast in Loch Ness which people believed to be true.

    Read on...

    OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

    Yesterday’s News Today

    On this day in 2007 the conservationist Jim Cronin died. Cronin was a pioneer of habitat enrichment in zoos and founded the Monkey World Primate Rescue Centre, which works around the world to rescue and rehabilitate mistreated or endangered primates.

    And now the news:

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  • Dirty monkey: