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, May 28, 2014


Breakdown - Bigfoot Encounter? Norway.
Damn - can I get a witness? Honestly; how can we not laugh at this? Come to think of it - this isn't really a breakdown at

Dr. Jeffrey Meldrum - America's "Bigfoot Professor"
Why is the President going to be that excited about Bigfoot? I really think you're seriously overestimating how much the general public would care.

Norway Bigfoot Revealed, Blonde Sasquatch Encounter, Skunk Ape Diet
Jeff for a look at the weeks Bigfoot News like the Norwegian Bigfoot Video some people think they have seen it before, Tim Peeler tells his story of the 

Four Men Chased By Bigfoot And Also Had Large Rocks Thrown At Them Multiple Times
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Hunter confesses that Bigfoot body is a fake — again
Rick Dyer, who made news earlier this year with claims of killing a Bigfoot, has admitted it was a hoax. The hairy, 8-foot body that he has been hauling ... 

CRYPTOZOOLOGY ONLINE: On The Track (Of Unknown Animals) Episode 80

 The latest episode of our monthly webTV show from the CFZ and CFZtv, bringing you news on our activities within cryptozoology and natural history as well as the latest cryptozoological and monster-hunting news from around the world. I can't believe that we have done this every month for over six years now - 80 episodes. Golly!

This episode brings you:

CFZ in Spring
New faces
Charlotte's guinea pigs
Mystery cavies in The Canary Islands
A bevy of newts
A wildlife pond
refurbishing the Conservatory
Black Shuck discovered? Probably not
European swallowtails in the UK
Out of place birds
New and Rediscovered: New isopod
New and Rediscovered: New bat
New and Rediscovered: New snapping turtles


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: Cams expose mysteries of feline prowling...
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    Alien Encounters At Loch Ness _ Alien Encounters at Loch Ness
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    KARL SHUKER: The Indian Scratch Monster - Just Itching To Meet You

    Karl Shuker unveils the mysterious muhnochwa.

    Read on...


    The Gonzo Daily - Wednesday
    Yesterday was an oddly inconclusive one. All day Corinna and I struggled against the tides crashing down upon our own personal beach and achieved very little. Then at about 5:00 along came Helen with a half fledged thrush she had rescued from a cat, and plonked it in one of our hospital cages. In most cases fledglings should be left where they are so that the parent birds can tend to them. However, this one was making so much noise that it managed to attract several of Helen's cats, and so discretion was the better part of valour and it is now residing in our conservatory until it is old enough to be set free.
    The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly, can be read at www.gonzoweekly.com. It has Steve Ignorant (late of Crass) on the cover and features exclusive interviews with the man himself, Ken Pustelnik (late of The Groundhogs), exclusive live accounts of The Pink Fairies triumphant return, and Clepsydra's appearance at Rosfest, and a poignant article by Richard Stellar entitled The Inspiration of a Holocaust Survivor and Hero about how the story of Curt Lowens inspired composer Sharon Farber. There are also new shows from the peculiar multiverse of Sub Reality Sandwich (this week they are in their submarine off the coast of Australia with special guest Lyn Paul) from Friday Night Progressive, and from the multi-talented 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 #79 is Yes, Chris Squire, Rick Wakeman, Billy Sherwood, Jon Davison, Steve Ignorant, Ken Pustelnik, The Pink Fairies, Led Zeppelin, Sir Paul McCartney, David Gilmour, The Beach Boys, Mick Harvey, Judge Smith, Michael des Barres, Merrell Fankhauser, Galahad, Auburn, Liz Lenten, Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker, Wise Williams, Barbara Dickson, Keith Levene, Marianne Faithfull, Grace Slick, Transatlantic, Sub Reality Sandwich, Friday Night Progressive, 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, Tumblewild, Hollis Brown, PFM, Richard Stellar, Clepsydra, Marie Osmond, Donny Osmond, Carlos Santana, Justin Bieber, One Direction, Elvis Presley, Beatles, Rolling Stones, Lives & Times, Twelfth Night, Sopor Aeternus & The Ensemble of Shadows
    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?

    WALLY THE COMEDY RHINOCEROS: Yesterday's News Today

    Oll is away so for today, Yesterday's News Today is done by Wally the Comedy Rhinoceros. He is a stand-up comedian of some renown. Here is one of his rhino-related jokes.

    Q How can you tell that a rhinoceros has been in your fridge?

    A By the footprints in the custard. 

    Ha! Ha! That was funny. Sidesplitting. Yes. Ha!

    Now for the news....

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  • And now for a happy tune that you can whistle while you work: