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 25, 2014

CFZ ON TV - Go Max!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Max Blake, once described by you know who as "the one redeeming feature of the CFZ" is on BBC 1 tonight at 7:00 as a guest on the One Show. He will be talking about mystery cats in the UK...

Check it out

CFZ CANADA: The Monster Under the Bed

When is a monster not a monster?  When it’s a cryptid.
Realistically, cryptids, although often thought of as monsters, are really fairly harmless.  Even the feared Mothman has never actually harmed anyone.  Bigfoot doesn’t eat you.  And the Mongolian Death Worm?  Is that even real?

Read on...

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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. 


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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    The Gonzo Daily - Tuesday
    Considering that my old potato shed where I spend most of my life was built to hold potatoes, and not people, and is not very big, yesterday afternoon when Judge Smith, Andrea my newly found amanuensis, her husband Steve, Prudence the dog and I were all crammed into it, was an excercise in topology which beggared belief. But we managed to achieve quite a lot. Then Steve left and was almost immediately replaced by Helen, Jessica and Daniel who all crammed into the potato shed and I had a mild understanding of what the Black Hole of Calcutta might have been like. This morning it is only me, Judge and Saskia. Sas is building a shed with Graham, and Judge is diligently doing minor corrections to his first book so we can release a second edition. I, however, am writing blogs and trying to decide whether I can get away with buying some tylomelania water snails from Sulawesi, with which both Saskia and I have fallen deeply in love. The answer is, of course, that no I can't afford them, but I am going to buy them anyway.
    The new issue of Gonzo Weekly, in a swish new format, is here. It has interviews with Tim Blake, Craig High from the Psychedelic Warlords, Cyrille Verdeaux goes native, plus Acid Mothers Temple, Joey Molland remembers working with John, George and Ringo, Mice on Stilts, Steve Hillage and more news, reviews, views, interviews and and London Zoos (OK, no metropolitan menageries, 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!!! We are also relaunching with a brand new layout and format for our 70th issue. We hope that you like it.
    You can read it, and find links to all back issues at http://www.gonzoweekly.com./
    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, some previous issues of the magazine may come out with formatting errors.

    *  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?


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