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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Saturday, June 14, 2014


Be Reasonable: Episode #017 – Richard Freeman

This month, we chat to Richard Freeman.  Richard is the zoological director of the Centre for Fortean Zoology. He talks to Hayley and Marsh about cryptozoology and why he thinks there’s much more to monsters than just Nessie and Bigfoot…




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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    Best Bigfoot Footage I've Seen
    This close encounter of a bigfoot on Vancouver Island with footage is the most convincing I've seen. Just when the entity walks passed a tree the 

    Bigfoot lecture in the Nashville, TN. Saturday June 21st 20014
    For those of you from the the Juliet, Tennessee area which is on the east side of Nashville looking for a great Bigfoot lecture to attend, here you go

    Why Bigfoot Cannot Be Gigantopithecus
    All we have are about 1300 isolated teeth three lower jaws. http://retrieverman.net/2012/01/18/why-bigfoot-cannot-be-gigantopithecus

    Bigfoot Caught on Tape in British Columbia's...
    Bigfoot Caught on Tape in British Columbia's Strathcona Provincial Park? What was suppose to be a day of peace, quickly turned into one of fright 

    LISTEN: Bigfoot Sounds heard on the Florida Trail
    Fasano Bigfoot Research: This is one of the longest loops of the Florida Trail in the Withlacoochee State Forest. I recorded something early in this ...

    Bigfoot sighting in the city?: Avon Lake police blotter
    Complaint, Brookfield Road: A resident reported someone dressed like Bigfoot was running around the area on June 11. Neighbor trouble, Inwood

    Ever Heard Bigfoot Howl? Researchers in Florida Did
    Members of a Sasquatch research team believe they recorded a Bigfoot howl, but is it really the elusive creature's first ever vocal recording?

    Bemidji Pioneer
    Searching for Bigfoot: Research team scours forrest for legendary creature
    Members of the Minnesota Bigfoot Research Team (MNBRT) camped at Gulch Campground in Paul Bunyan State Forest in the hopes of obtaining ...

    The Bluff Creek Bigfoot case
    The Bigfoot or Sasquatch is a cryptid (allegedly real animal as yet unrecognised by science) that lives in the densely forested wilderness areas

    East Coast Bigfoot sightings
    Some researchers draw a clear distinction between sightings of the classic Bigfoot, or Sasquatch, and those of the Eastern Bigfoot. While the classic 

    Watch Recent Bigfoot Incident in Kentucky Investigation
    Bigfoot Evidence Matt K.
    They wrote: "I am doing a daytime investigation of a recent Bigfoot incident in Davies County, KY on the homeowner's land behind his house

    Kentucky Boy Sees Bigfoot And Becomes A Believer
    It seems like there are a lot of Bigfoot sightings coming out of Kentucky lately. This one takes place in Ohio County, Kentucky in June of 2014.

    Bigfoot Gifting, Footprints & Vocals with Barb & Gabby
    The Bigfoots were definitely around this week. We have some interesting new activity as well as new footprints at the gifting area. Then we share a few 

    You Can See Something Huge Standing Up In This Video
    We don't know how Kelly Shaw may have missed this, but a viewer saw something from the corner of his eye and sees a bipedal figure. The subject  


    The Gonzo Daily - Saturday

    I still have not heard back from the Village Hall management, and so have been unable to reach a decision as to the future of this year's Weird Weekend. However Gavin Lloyd Wilson writes: "I will really miss my annual dose of Weird Weekendery, the chance to catch up with friends, etc, but it wouldn't be the same if the event went ahead and there was an underlying atmosphere insinuating that we were not really wanted there". Watch this space.
    The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#82) is imminent and will be available to read at www.gonzoweekly.com. It has the Wally Hope on the front cover and features an interview with Dean Wally, who is the current custodian of his ashes. There is an exclusive review of Yes on the Cruise to the Edge, with previously unpublished pictures. There is news of Mick Abrahams' new album which features guest appearances by a Stone, a Mann, and a Whitesnake, and there are pictures of Genre Peak in the studio. There is an in depth look at a new book about the idiosyncratic 4AD records, and a drunken ramble about Rik Mayall that dictated at 4:00am the other day with the best part of a bottle of bourbon inside of me. There are also new shows from the peculiar multiverse of Sub Reality Sandwich, from Canterbury Sans Frontières, from Friday Night Progressive, and from the multi-talented Neil Nixon at Strange Fruit and a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and Gilbert's Potoroos (OK, no specimens f Australia's rarest mammal, 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
    GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Steve Hackett - Lilliwhite Lilith
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    *  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 1822 Charles Babbage proposed his difference engine to the Royal Astronomical Society. The difference engine would have, had it been built from Babbage's plans, been the first working automatic calculator in the world (with the possible exception of the Antikythera mechanism http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antikythera_mechanism )
    And now the news:

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  • Come on, admit it, at school you used your calculator more for this sort of shenanigan than actual maths: