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 23, 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. 

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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 - Friday
    I have committed complete apostasy against everything that I stand for. I have acquired an iPad. OK I didn't pay for it; it came free with Corinna's new smart phone thingy, but it is an iPad nonetheless. And I am finding it far less intuitive than I had been led to expect. Although I have to say that this is the case with all sorts of things these days. I have several pieces of software that I have acquired recently that I can't make head nor tail of. It is probably an age thing. I really can't believe how quickly the time goes. It is friday again, and once again it is deadline day for the Gonzo Weekly. This week's issue contains interviews with Steve Ignorant and Ken Pustelnik of the original Groundhogs and all sorts of other jolly things.
    John Mayall on Discovering Boogie-Woogie
    Christine Tobin pays homage to Leonard Cohen in her own unique way
    Erik Norlander and Galactic Collective Help Celebrate Bob Moog's birthday
    Another chance to say ‘Yes’
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Steve Ignorant-Bloody Revolutions
    Just in case you missed it, the latest issue of Gonzo Weekly can be seen now at www.gonzoweekly.com. It features an interview with Barbara Dickson, an exclusive glimpse at the creative process of Roger Dean, Clepsydra remembering their collaboration with H R Giger, The National live, we welcome Friday Night Progressive to the Gonzo Web Radio family, and there are also new shows from the peculiar multiverse of Sub Reality Sandwich (this week they are in outer space making scatological jokes about Uranus) and from the multitalented Neil Nixon at Strange Fruit and a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and Victorian flues (OK, no 19th Century heating ducts, 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 in #78 is: H.R. Giger, Morrissey, Robert Plant, Ozzy Osbourne, Bill Ward, Black Sabbath, Roger Daltrey, Wilko Johnson,  Mick Harvey, Judy Dyble, Michael des Barres, Sleepyard, Fish, Gong, Magick Brothers, Pink Fairies, Barbara Dickson, Dave Bainbridge, Erik Norlander, Eric Burdon, Liz Lenten, Auburn, Merrell Fankhauser, Peter Gabriel, Bob Dylan, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mary Stewart, Patrick Woodroffe, Ernie Chataway, Nash the Slash, Morning Glory Zen-Ravenheart, Jean Philippe Rykiel, Joey Molland, David Jackson, Rene van Commenee, Pierre Moerlen’s Gong, Clearlight, Planet Earth Rock ’n’ Roll Orchestra, Kevin Ayers and the Whole World, Galileo 9, Paul Rogers, Radio Moscow, Tinariwen, The National,  Hugh Hopper, Yes, Rick Wakeman, Roger Dean, Trevor Rabin, Jon Anderson John Lennon, The  Beatles, Titled Planet Press, Bay City Rollers, Cliff Richard, Michael Jackson, Justin Bieber, Chief Raoni, Tribal Hybrid Concept, Matte  Handerson, Salem, My Eternel, Sepultura, Oakenshield
    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?
    Jonathan Downes,
    Director: Centre for Fortean Zoology
    Director: CFZ Publishing Group
    Editor: Animals & Men
    Editor: Gonzo Weekly magazine
    Editor: Still on the track
    Editor: CFZ Blog Network
    Editor: Gonzo Daily (Music and More)
    Presenter: On the Track (Of Unknown Animals)
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    DALE DRINNON: Updates

    Trying to get back into blogging, but technical errors are still interfering 

    CRYPTOLINK: CRITTER COMPANIONS: Extinction: It's forever?

    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. 

    Tonawanda News — In early February of this year, artist and writer Errol Fuller, who is known for books on extinction, wrote “Lost Animals: Extinction and the Photographic Record.”

    Covers do not sell books, but this cover sold me. The cover has the front half of a thylacine with her mouth wide open, showing the remarkable gape that these marsupial carnivores had. Thylacines, or Tasmanian tigers, once lived all over mainland Australia and New Guinea, but by the time Europeans settled on the continent, the thylacine was restricted to the southern island of Tasmania.

    They are called “tigers’ because they have the markings of the large striped cat, but they look more like a large striped dog or wolf. This is really interesting, since they are more closely related to kangaroos and kolas. Fuller writes “To put this into context one might say that humans bear a closer relationship to whales than Thylacines do to dogs.”

    When Tasmania was settled by Europeans, first the Tasmanian emu (didn’t know there was such a thing) became extinct. Then the original human inhabitants around 1876 were wiped out. During the 19th century, sadly, governmental and privately funded companies were paid to kill thylacines. Around 1936, most likely, the last thylacine died at the Hobart Zoo in Tasmania.

    Read on...


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