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, April 10, 2014

SHERI THE CFZ INTERN: Day 5 - Wednesday

Day 5 – Wednesday

There was an earlier start to actual work today, but only slightly. I completed all of my work placement hours, for college, by 2 o’clock. I worked until 9 o’clock anyway, because there was little use in me just sitting around all day.

Saskia and Riley came by again, and she and I conducted the animal round, while Riley resumed the painting. Saskia eventually joined him. I had completed what I was doing with the Eberhart book and went back through it to check for things I had missed. I’m convinced somebody had messed up my columns as I definitely had them arranged nicely the day before.

When I had finished this, and setting up some of Karl Shuker’s book, I just faffed for a while and waited for tea. Luckily, “Shooting Bigfoot” arrived today, so I was able to watch it before going home. It was hilarious. I didn’t expect it to be feature length and it was upsetting when the poor doggy had its throat cut, but overall, I enjoyed watching it. I then had to convince the dog to get off me, so I could go to bed. 


Japanese Bigfoot Footage Is A Hoax | Bigfoot Research News - Blogger
Someone just posted this screenshot from the recent Japanese Bigfoot video, showing what appears to be a man in suit wearing shoes and trousers

Bigfoot Evidence: Is This Photograph of a Family of Bigfoots In a Cave? | Science and Technology
Bigfoot Evidence. World's Only 24/7 Bigfoot News Blog: Encouraging readers to draw their own conclusions from the evidence and arguments. Pages

Sasquatch Evidence: Is it Bigfoot we are looking for?
FINDING BIGFOOT made it look really easy. A skunk ape behind a house in Florida, a skunk ape along a canal in the everglades (a horse), a thermal

Bigfoot North Radio Show with Les Stroud 4/9 | Bigfoot Research News - Blogger
Tomorrow night's guest on BIGFOOT NORTH will be Les Stroud. They will be discussing his previous experiences potentially with Sasquatch and his 

Bigfoot Evidence: New Video Shows Bigfoot on the Side of Colorado Mountain
A person flying a remote controlled aircraft affixed with a camera captured what might be a bigfoot on the side of a mountain near Boulder, Colorado

Bigfoot Capturer Admits To Being A Fraud
Bigfoot Capturer Admits To Being A Fraud. Self-proclaimed 'Bigfoot Tracker' Rick Dyer admitted his latest supposed capture of the mythical beast is ...

Bigfoot Evidence Tracks in Kentucky | BigfootBlogger.Com
Could Bigfoot be Human? is an exploration into the possibility the creature we call Bigfoot may very well be some kind of human, albeit primal in

Hunters Claim To Have Filmed Australian 'yowie' (Watch) - Bigfoot Forums
Hunters Claim To Have Filmed Australian Yowie (WATCH)Headlines & Global NewsAn Australian Bigfoot was captured on video by two friends who

Bigfoot Evidence: This Guy Has Mad Art Skills
DredFunn continues to amaze and impress us with his drawings. This is a portrait of the famous Patterson Gimlin creature's face from the famous "look 

Japanese Bigfoot Video [Video] - Disclose.tv
The mystery remains as to the original source for this video. Questions abound

Bigfoot Evidence: Watch This Todd Standing Bigfoot North Official Documentary Trailer!
Each week more and more information comes from the Bigfoot North camp. The latest is this trailer for the Bigfoot North documentary. This trailer

Bigfoot Capturer Admits To Being A Fraud - AOL On
the second time Dyer has claimed to have caught Bigfoot, only to later confess it was fake. In January, Dyer promised to release DNA evidence of ...

Bigfoot News April 9, 2014 | Beyond Highbrow - Robert Lindsay
100 Bigfoot Nights. This very interesting video shows what are supposed to be Bigfoot vocalizations from a habituation site. I know nothing about the 

ARE you worried that your bees are suffering from diarrhoea?

A bee on Snowdrops in the Teign Valley, by Mike Boddy
ARE you worried that your bees are suffering from diarrhoea?
If so help is at hand as the Exeter Beekeepers’ Association is holding a special day on Saturday April 12 to detect nosema, as the condition in bees is known.
According to committee member David McLarin, nosema is becoming more prevalent in the South West and that is not good news as bees with the problem hardly produce any honey.
It accelerates their metabolism so that if they get to the end of the summer having produced very little honey meaning they could starve during the winter.
Beekeepers wanting their bees tested should take them along to Topsham Rugby Club between 10am, and 3pm on April 12.
For the test to be carried out some 25 to 30 bees have to be killed, by trapping them in a bag and freezing them to death in a freezer.
They will then be ground up and traces of gut put onto a slide and examined under a microscope.
If nosema is detected the only treatment is for the bees to be given a new hive.

Read more: http://www.exeterexpressandecho.co.uk/Exeter-Beekeepers-8217-Association-hold-day/story-20752347-detail/story.html#ixzz2xkEugXQ6


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. 

  • NEWSLINK: Deadly Big Cats in New York Wilderness |...
  • NEWSLINK: Can you spot the big cat in this picture...
  • UK SIGHTINGS: Knole Park Panther: Deer keeper spea...
  • NEWSLINK: New Saber-Toothed Cat Discovery Sheds Li...

  • UK SIGHTINGS: Earth Touch News Network - From myst...

    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 Gonzo Daily - Thursday
    My Robot Army of the Undead and I are working ourselves ever closer to World Domination. A clutch of eggs from the Columbian giant ramshorn snail and Corinna (bless her) is sorting out accommodation for them. She went out and bought me a palatial breeding cage for them yesterday; they will need it because they will only be match-head sized when they hatch. Sheri left with Graham this morning on the first stage of her long journey back to Yorkshire. Graham, however, is going to the laboratory supplies place in Stoke Canon following which he will be fitting new doors to my house in Exeter. In the meantime, Andrea will be here imminently and lots of exciting things involving this weekend's issue of Gonzo Weekly, Karl Shuker's new book, and Volume Two of George Eberhart's Mysterious Creatures, and Ian Abrahams' biography of The Waterboys will transpire. Oh what an exciting life we have...
    How ANS Founder, Dan Wooding, ‘accidentally’ Launched the career of Monty Python
    The Kinks’ guitarist Dave Davies set to play his first London gig for many years
    The new issue of Gonzo Weekly is here. It features interviews with Erik Norlander on the new Rocket Scientists album, Judge Smith on the early days of Van der Graaf Generator, and Jakko Jakszyk on the forthcoming ELP reissue and the King Crimson rehearsals. There are also features on The Psychedelic Warlords, Keith Levene, Acid Mothers Temple, Galahad and more news, reviews, views, interviews and Matschie's tree-kangaroos (OK, no arboreal macropods from New Guinea, 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!!!
    Check it out at www.gonzoweekly.com or http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2014/04/gonzo-weekly-72.html
    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?


    OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

    Yesterday’s News Today

    On this day in 1953 the film House of Wax was premièred. House of Wax was the first major studio release filmed in 3D. 3D films have their detractors (usually the sorts of people who claim never to go to the cinema or own a TV because they erroneously think it will make them appear intelligent rather than just a skinflint) but 3 dimensions will improve even the most mediocre of films... Unless you only happen to have one eye, in which case it is a bit of a downer.

    And now the news:

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  • United States bans elephant trophies from Tanzania...
  • Cleft palate discovery in dogs to aid in understan...
  • Wildlife trafficking app launched at Sydney's Taro...
  • Rheumatism sufferers sought relief inside a whale
  • British butterflies make fluttering recovery thank...
  • Female humpback whales swim to shallows to avoid s...
  • Sea otters can get the flu, too: Human H1N1 pandem...

  • Time running out for rarest primate

  • Saw this in 3D last week, highly recommended: