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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Tuesday, June 03, 2014


Malaysian Paper: Don't Dismiss Bigfoot as a Myth
Similarly, there may be a species of Bigfoot in Johor that existed many years ago. During the 1960s, I had the opportunity to discuss this subject with a ...

BIGFOOT: Don't dismiss it as a myth, yet
He had said there was a sketch of a man and he did not look like Bigfoot, and that it was likely that word of mouth over the years may have transformed ...

World Premiere of Bigfoot Feature Film “Stomping Ground”
Once in NC, they run into some friends and Ben finds out Annie in Bigfoot. In fact, she and her friends used to “hunt” for the creature when they were

Rakyat Post
Bigfoot in Malyasia is a hot topic today. We already had another Malaysian paper defend Bigfoot from being a myth. Another paper, the Rakyat Post, 

So I'm watching this show about Bigfoot hunters claiming they've seen Bigfoot
Naturally they're all a bunch of southern country-type rednecks hicks. I wonder why Bigfoot never walks around the middle of NYC?

Dogman or Bigfoot in Rock County, Wisconsin
A young man sees what must have been a Dogman or Bigfoot crossing City 14 by Oak Hill Cemetery, Wedges and Riverside Golf Course in daylight

Russian Yeti, Bigfoot Researcher Dies, Podcast Announcement FNBU2-23
Bigfoot Evidence Matt K.
Join Rev. Jeff for a look at the weeks Bigfoot news like the real story behind the Discovery Channels Russian Yeti Docutainment show, death of



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: Big Cat Diary - TVCatchup
  • UK SIGHTINGS: 'Big cat killed sheep' - report to p...
  • NEWSLINK: Big cats strut their stuff at Philly zoo...
  • NEWSLINK: 5-Year-Old Sees Rescued Pet Tigers: “Big...

  • NEWSLINK: Big cat trainer who was MAULED by a tige...

    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. 

    ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

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

    From CFZ-USA:

    KARL SHUKER: Blue Lions of Africa and Asia

    For his 400th ShukerNature blog post, Karl Shuker presents a feline rhaspsody in blue.

    Read on...


    The Gonzo Daily - Tuesday
    Saskia is here today bustling about enthusiastically. Graham, Corinna and I are feeling our age at the moment, and it is nice to have an enthusiastic young person about the place. In the same way as the butterfly year last year was dominated by long tailed blues, and 2009 was dominated by painted ladies, this year seems to be the year of the gorganus swallowtail. They have been seen (and photographed) in several parts of southern England, and it seems very likely that they will breed again this year. Whether it is a temporary anomaly or not remains to be seen.
    Rick Springfield On Divorce, God And The Loch Ness Monster
    GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Baker Gurvitz Army - Inside of me
    The next issue of Gonzo Weekly is here, and available to read at www.gonzoweekly.com. It has Don Falcone from the mighty Spirits Burning on the front cover abd features an interview with the man himself by Dou Harr, an interview with Patrick Campbell-Lyons of the original Nirvana by me, a special dedication from Patrick to Twink, what happened when Erik Borlander met Corky Laing, and Keith Levene in Prague.
    There are also new shows from the peculiar multiverse of Sub Reality Sandwich, from Friday Night Progressive, and from the multi-talented Neil Nixon at Strange Fruit and a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and high heeled shoes (OK, no specialist footwear, 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!!!
    Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
    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?

    OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

    Yesterday’s News Today

    On this day in 1853 the archaeologist, Flinders Petrie was born. Petrie's most famous discovery was that of the Merneptah Stele in Thebes, the stele dates to around 1200 BC and contains the earliest known mention of of Israel.
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  • Personally, I hope that in a few thousand years the only recorded evidence of people in our era walking is the ministry of silly walks sketch from Monty Python's Flying Circus so that a pop group of the day can make a song similar to this about “the stupid ages”: