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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Friday, May 16, 2014


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: Residents edgy after leopard's visit
  • NEWSLINK: Micke Grove Zoo's latest big cat is youn...

  • NEWSLINK: Shania Twain Joins Big Cat Conservation ...

  • ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

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

    From Nick Redfern's World of Whatever:
    From CFZ-USA:


    Bigfoot Evidence: Watch This Bigfoot Sighting Report Near Yellowstone
    Bigfoot Evidence Matt K.
    The RMSO brings us this bigfoot sighting report from two geologists who were traveling to Yellowstone. The incident took place 20 to 30 miles from the 

    Possible Bigfoot Footprint in In Lancashire UK - Yulin Video
    Interesting......... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNjAoIqJbWwPossible Bigfoot Footprint Hard to make out but clear big witness says he heard 

    The Point Sasquatch mask: Can we connect it to modern Bigfoot lore? | Doubtful News
    This story is making the rounds on Bigfoot sites. The mask and native stories are often used as circumstantial evidence to support the idea of the reality 

    Creature Weekend 2014: Bigfoot scientists and enthusiasts coming to Cambridge, May 16-18
    Creature Weekend 2014 Conference will be May 16-18 at Salt Fork State Park with five prominent bigfoot researchers slated to attend. The presenters 

    After Hours with Rictor (The #1 Bigfoot Webcast) # 28: Ron Morehead (Sierra Sounds) (Part 1 of 2)
    Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin may have given us the best Bigfoot footage, Ron Morehead, and his late friend Al Berry, gave us the best audio ...

    Possibly the Most Important Find in Bigfoot History | Science and Technology - Before It's News
    Possibly the Most Important Find in Recent HistoryThe most important and valuable part of the Searching for Bigfoot Team is the network of associates, 

    Yowiehunters Forum • View topic - Full Moon= yowie/bigfoot activity?
    Not sure myself but the increase of other creatures avtivities may pose an incentive for prey opportunities, I just wonder how well their eyes work

    Todd Standing's Blinking Bigfoot Recreated By Bigfoot Researcher | Bigfoot Research News
    The Todd Standing blinking Bigfoot controversy continues... People in the Bigfoot community seem somewhat divided over the validity of Todd ...

    Peter Byrne's "The Bigfoot Exhibition." 1970-1979 - the Mid-America Bigfoot Research Center
    Loren Coleman The Dalles, Oregon. Peter Byrne's "The Bigfoot Exhibition." 1970-1979. The woman in the door? Celia Killeen would become Byrne's

    Bigfoot Evidence: Watch This New Video Possible Bigfoot Sighting, Is This Really a Bigfoot?
    Bigfoot Evidence Matt K.
    YouTube user Colbs Maineoutdoors just posted this video titled "Possible Bigfoot sighting". Let's just say I have my doubts, but hey, who knows?

    Man Has Bigfoot Encounter in Kentucky - Cryptozoology News
    Man Has Bigfoot Encounter in Kentucky. By Cryptozoology News May 16th, 2014. JENKINS, Ky. — A man claims he had an encounter in 2012 with an  


    The Gonzo Daily - Friday
    Everything is once again overshadowed by poor Emily's time in hospital. However, she is home again now, although the scan came our with nothing conclusive. I must apologise to Judy Dyble - I completely cocked up yesterday's Track of the Day until she pointed it out (very nicely I have to say). So Judy - you have the TOTD again today, anbd I truly think I have tot it right now. Mark Raines and Graham are doing esoteric things in the garden with gravel, and I have been struggling all day with a recalcitrant hum in my mixing desk. Ho Hum.
    Captain Beefheart 1980 concert recording seeing release
    The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly is up on www.gonzoweekly.com and features a conversation between Jaki Windmill and the late Mick Farren, an interview with the mighty XNA, a feature on Crowded House, news about some recently uncovered Robert Calvert video, proof that Progressive Rockstars have a sense of humour, and a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and brindled gnus (OK, no specialised ox-like antelopes, 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!!!
    The full list of artists covered in this week's episode is: Mick Farren, Chuck Berry, Led Zeppelin, Morrissey, Pussy Riot, Nirvana, Monty Python, Stonehenge, Galahad, Michael des Barres, Fish, Robert Calvert, Rab Noakes, Barbara Dickson, Sendelica, Erik Norlander, Rocket Scientists, Clepsydra, Rick Wakeman, Ginger Baker, Rush, Marillion, Strange Fruit, Sub Reality Sandwich, Jaki Windmill, Tim Rundell, Howard Smith, Elaine Sturtevant, Leslie Thomas, Jean Philippe Rykiel, Joey Molland, David Jackson, Rene van Commenee, Pierre Moerlen’s Gong, Clearlight, Planet Earth Rock ‘n’ Roll, Kevin Ayers and the Whole World, Ian Anderson, Damon Albarn, Mike Oldfield, XNA, John Lennon, Yes, Steve Howe, Steve Hackett, Michael Jackson, One Direction, Bay City Rollers, Bob Dylan,  Justin Beiber, Kataklysm, Lives & Times, Asmegi
    Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
    Issue 76 (Rick Wakeman cover)
    Issue 75 (Hawkwind cover)
    Issue 74 (Billy Sherwood cover)
    All issues from #70 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. The first 69 issues are archived there as well. 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?


    I have been meaning to post this for about a week now, but I am so much of a Space Cadet that I completely forgot. Some weeks ago, Lars Thomas sent us a beautiful poster of Danish Ladybirds. We have put it at the top of the stairs so everyone can see iut us they go up. As you can see from my f" mama-in-law it is a bloody big poster!

    Thanks Lars

    CFZ PEOPLE: Jessica on the Ocean Waves


    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. 

    OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

    On this day in 1896 the American serial killer H. H. Holmes was executed. Holmes was one of the worlds most prolific serial killers thought to have been responsible for the deaths of over 200 people. Many of these deaths occurred his “murder castle” a building that to the outside world appeared to be a hotel. Many of his victims were stripped of their flesh and had their skeletons sold as teaching models for hospitals around the world including the UK.

    And now the news:

  • New Species Of Sea Bass Identified Based On Larval...
  • Over 100 new species discovered by team in drive t...
  • An orca called Granny swims into the record books
  • How orchid bees find their personal scent, attract...
  • Old Dalby pie maker under fire over squirrel meat ...
  • Scientists investigate the role of the 'silent kil...
  • Work starts to rehabilitate 130 bile-farmed bears
  • Extinct relative helps to reclassify the world's r...
  • Animal research 'pledge on openness' agreed
  • Here's a link to a documentary about H. H. Holmes, needless to say not for the feint hearted: