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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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

BIGFOOT FORUMS BLOG: Bob Gimlin interview

The Bigfoot Forums Blog

 Due to the logistic problems of getting this interview with Bob, I had to ask the help of my friend Thom Cantrall. Thom is a very good friend of Bob's and has regularly scheduled lunches with him near Bob's home. The interview was actually videoed to insure accuracy and transcribed verbatim from Bob. In addition, the format is in a dialog form and I have included most excerpts from the discussion from both men as to add authenticity to the interview. Also, there are a few questions that have been changed or omitted simply because it was a live interview and with that, were asked by Thom as he saw fit. He either changed to help get a better clarification or some were just missed during the very interesting dialog.  I do think this interview was probably the most interesting interview I have seen Bob do and I hope all enjoy it. Thanks for the questions and again, apologies if your question was missed. I am sure we can do a follow up at another time. 

CFZ "PEOPLE" - Gypsy

Condolences to our dear friend Rebecca Lang at CFZ Australia on the loss of her cat Gypsy.  

Our heartfelt thoughts are with you on this sad day.


Bigfoot Evidence: Bigfoot? There's An App For That 2.0
"TriSable is please to bring you "Sasquatch Bigfoot Calls" for your Android phone. This bigfoot app has information about squatches, calls for when 

Bigfoot Evidence: This Patty Montage From M.K. Davis Is Catchy
See Patty like you've never seen before in this special montage M.K. Davis at put together. Davis chose Lorde's Team as the theme song for the video.

Olympic Project Summer Expedition | Bigfoot Research News
Derek Randles just released this statement regarding the Olympic Project Summer Expedition in Washington state. "There are still spots available for 

Cryptozoologists hunt sasquatch in Oaklands
Miller is perhaps best known for participating in the documentary, Bigfoot's Reflection. The duo also hosts a Sasquatch information booth in the 

Bigfoot Evidence: Check Out Bad Sasquatch - A Ukulele Original
Doug Frink wrote this awesome song on the ukulele, and delivers a special message to bigfoot. Check out the video below, and we included the lyrics

Bigfoot Evidence: Did you know there was a clip shot in Kentucky...
Bigfoot Evidence Shawn
Bestselling author John Davidson is promoting a new book, "Sasquatch, Yeti, Abominable Snowman, Big Foot For Kids -- Amazing Animal Books For ...

Bigfoot Evidence: Is This Proof Todd Standing is a Hoaxer?
We caught this post over on Bigfoot Research News and then saw it again at the SquatchDetective's blog. We're not sure if there's a rational 


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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  • NEWSLINK: Leopard enters Manipal univ, caught
  • NEWSLINK: Using Camera Traps To Teach Nicaraguan K...
  • NEWSLINK: Big Cat Crisis in the US - Crown Ridge T...
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  • NEWSLINK: A heroic encounter

    The Gonzo Daily - Wednesday
    Yesterday we made great headway in repairing the damage I did on monday. Over a third of what I deleted has now been reconstituted (if that is the right word, which it probably isn't). I have just heard the new Mike Oldfield album, and its great! Like millions of others I bought Tubular Bells back in 1973, and have vaguely followed his career ever since. This album, however, is a new direction. It is song based, and is basically a band with M Oldfield on guitar etc, rather than a showcase for his admitted talents. His gift for arranging is put to good use on a collection of clever, literate and eminently tuneful songs which jump out of the record and bite you on the bum! They occasionally stray into early King Crimson territory, which is no bad thing but are firmly in literate progpop territory. It is probably my favourite album of the year so far...and totally unexpected.
    Roll over Beethoven: It's all about Rick Wakeman's orchestral crossover
    The new issue of Gonzo Weekly is out now. It features - amongst other things - Julian Lennon, Clepsydra, Michael Des Barres, Sex Gang Children, Auburn, The Dalai lama, Keith Levene, The Psychedelic Warlords, Goldfrapp, Barbara Dickson, Auburn and the Dalai Lama, and more news, reviews, views, interviews and Gilbert's potoroos (OK, no ground dwelling marsupials that look like pointy nosed guinea pigs, 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!!!
    But I have an update for you all: The cover story is about the triumphant return of Swiss prog band Clepsydra last weekend. But look what I have found: If you look on YouTube there is actually some footage of last weekend's gig. 
    These issues (and the current one) can be downloaded at www.gonzoweekly.com if you prefer. If you have problems downloading, just email me and I will add you to the Gonzo Weekly dropbox. Information is power chaps, we have to share it!
    To make sure that you don't miss your copy of future issues make an old hippy a happy chappy and subscribe
    *  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?

    DALE DRINNON: Updates

    This is the current crop of links for the blogs.
    New at the Frontiers of Anthropology: http://frontiers-of-anthropology.blogspot.com/2014/04/chinese-wildman-research.html http://frontiers-of-anthropology.blogspot.com/2014/04/bigfoot-sightings-map.html http://frontiers-of-anthropology.blogspot.com/2014/04/guest-blogger-jayasree-from-renuka-to.html http://frontiers-of-anthropology.blogspot.com/2014/04/guest-blogger-jayasree-castes-that.html http://frontiers-of-anthropology.blogspot.com/2014/04/end-of-atlantis-and-end-of-pleistocene.html http://frontiers-of-anthropology.blogspot.com/2014/04/guest-blogger-jayasree-vanaras-were.html http://frontiers-of-anthropology.blogspot.com/2014/04/guest-blogger-jayasree-from-ur-to-munda.html New at the Frontiers of Zoology: http://frontiersofzoology.blogspot.com/2014/04/more-from-scott-mardis.html http://frontiersofzoology.blogspot.com/2014/04/comparisons-with-original-munro-sketch.html http://frontiersofzoology.blogspot.com/2014/04/creepy-crawly-cryptids-of-japan.html

    OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


    On this day in 1921 the actor Peter Ustinov was born. Ustinov Stared in many classic films including Logan's Run, Spartacus and One of our Dinosaurs is Missing.
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