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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Thursday, March 20, 2014

CFZ IN THE NEWS: Tasmanian tiger tracker Mick Williams [SIC] returning to island for follow-up mission

Thylacine expedition leader Mike Williams, left, and expedition participant Rebecca Lang
Thylacine expedition leader Mike Williams, left, and expedition participant Rebecca Lang during a previous visit to Tasmania. Source: News Limited
THE quest for the Tasmanian tiger is set to begin again.
An expeditioner who led an international team of naturalists searching for the thylacine last year is returning to Tasmania on Monday.
Mike Williams, from NSW, will be back to search for the elusive thylacine and follow up eyewitness reports.
He will meet more than a dozen people willing to recount their encounters with the officially extinct animal.
The most recent sighting was 15 months ago, from a wallaby shooter Mr Williams said sounded convincing.
He said he believed there was a chance the thylacine was still out there, despite being declared extinct in the 1980s.
“I have no evidence but it is my opinion they are still out there,” he said.
“I wouldn’t be wasting my time and effort coming down if I didn’t think there was a chance.”
Mr Williams was last in Tasmania in October, when he lead the team from the Centre for Fortean Zoology.
The centre is based in the United Kingdom and Australia and investigates “mystery animals” that are considered rare, extinct or undiscovered. The mystery surrounding the thylacine is so important to the organisation that it is featured on its emblem.


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. 


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    The Gonzo Daily - Thursday
    Yesterday was by anyone's standards an emotional rollercoaster. I was told by my darling stepdaughter Olivia that I can finally go public with the news that in September I shall become a Grandfather for the first time. I am so proud and happy that I could burst, and that would not be a pretty sight! Many congratulations and much love to Olivia and Aaron. They are dear children and I love them very much. I was in a celebratory mood after that news, but also very saddened by the news of one of my adopted nieflings' health problems and Steve Moore's death, and so - with one Moore leading on to another - it seemed reasonable to watch the extended version of Watchmen and have a few drinks. A lot of wine later, I went to bed at gone four.
    This morning, feeling a little dehydrated, I came downstairs to find that Prudence had been having a little adventure. Mother had let the dogs out, and forgotten about it. The postman had left the front gate open, and Pru had gone for an amble up to the village shop. Upon wandering into that fine establishment, one of the shopgirls recognised her, put a length of string through her collar, and brought her home. Pru has been looking rather pleased with herself all day.
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    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
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    *  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?

    CRYPTOLINK: More tests in bid to preserve Tasmanian tiger carcass

    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 last Tasmanian tiger (thylacine) is photographed in Hobart in 1936. The female, about 12 years old, died later that year.
    The last Tasmanian tiger (thylacine) is photographed in Hobart in 1936. The female, about 12 years old, died later that year.
    It looks like what it is – a creature long dead. But the animal lying on its side at the National Museum of Australia is facing a new kind of threat. Wearing masks, gloves and lab coats to protect themselves from the chemicals, conservators have just pulled the crudely skinned thylacine carcass from a display case filled with liquid the colour of over-brewed tea.

    Among them is Briton Simon Moore, a freelance expert in the conservation of natural science specimens.
    Natural sciences conservator Simon Moore and objects conservator Natalie Ison inspect a thylacine wet specimen at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra.
    Natural sciences conservator Simon Moore and objects conservator Natalie Ison inspect a thylacine wet specimen at the National Museum of Australia, in Canberra. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
    He has been called upon by Canberra's National Museum of Australia to assess the thylacine, which has become so fragile it has been removed from public display. Even the vibrations from people walking past the plate glass container were damaging it.

    "We've been concerned about the condition of the thylacine, which is very important for us and for the nation," said Nicki Smith, the museum's deputy manager of conservation. "And we want to make sure we're doing the best that we can for it."
    Ms Smith said the Tasmanian tiger was first removed from display in 2002, when the solution became so cloudy it was difficult to see the animal inside. The preserving solution was changed and the specimen returned to public display in 2005 but the liquid again turned cloudy and it was removed.

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