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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Monday, June 16, 2014

CFZ PEOPLE: Charlotte Phillipson

Charlotte, a delightful young lady whom I suspect has a big future within the CFZ, was 12 this weekend. Huzzah!

WEIRD WEEKEND 2014: The Woolsery Dog asks Mark Raines what is happening


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. 


  • VIDEO: News12 Long Island high school friends shoo...

    Early Bigfoot sightings
    (Before It's News). The following guest article is by Rupert Matthews, author of the book Bigfoot and Other Mysterious Creatures. B4INREMOTE-

    Sasquatch Field Guide: Identifying Tracking and Sighting North America's Great Ape
    Labels: Bigfoot investigators, Bigoot or Sasquatch, mysterious creature known as Sasquatch or Bigfoot, Sasquatch Field Guide: Identifying Tracking ...

    Bigfoot Festival in Leetonia draws noted researcher
    Many people remain convinced that Bigfoot is little more than a big urban legend, while others have reported sightings of what they believe is the ...

    How The Turtleman Shot at Bigfoot and Got His DNA
    The Turtleman is a badass. If you missed last Sunday's episode, here's Turtleman talking about how he shot at Bigfoot. He was just a young man at the 

    BC Bigfoot Sighting Stabilized & Examined
    Breaking Bigfoot News & Video ... BC Bigfoot Sighting Stabilized & Examined Real or Hoax ... Trapper Sees Female Bigfoot in Pennsylvania · bigfoot

    News Feed - Minnesota Research Team Scours Forest For Legendary Creature
    News Feed - Minnesota Research Team Scours Forest For Legendary Creature: Bigfoot - Twincities.com-Pioneer Press - posted in News Articles:

    Are Bigfoot Taking Over Kentucky? Watch This Eye Witness Interview
    Bigfoot Evidence Matt K.
    This is an interview with a young man who had a bigfoot encounter in Ohio County, Kentucky. The encounter took place just this month, June of 2014,

    Ohio Bigfoot Conference draws local residents
    West Branch resident Phil Shaw poses with Sasquatch field researcher Cliff Barackman in September during the 2013 Ohio Bigfoot Conference

    Finding Bigfoot Season Four Field Notes
    North American Bigfoot Cliff Barackman
    The Finding Bigfoot team went to check things out, and my field notes from this expedition have now been published on my official website. Click

    Breakdown - BC Bigfoot Sighting
    Phil Breaks down the BC Bigfoot Sighting Video. Remarkable- stupendous- outrageous! See the incredible BC Bigfoot here!

    River Gibbs Talks About How A Sasquatch Walks
    River Gibbs, author of Bigfoot Research Path To Protocol, is a young Sasquatch researcher out of Kentucky. The kid seems very bright and has a real ...

    In Alberta, Canada, Besides Bigfoot, You'll Have to Watch Out For These Guys
    Check out these hikers' frightening encounter with a black bear in Northern Alberta. They are lucky to be alive. With black bears increasingly

    A guest interviewed about a bigfoot encounter...
    Was it an open lines night? Might help narrow it down. Have you tried searching any of the keywords to see if anyone else was talking about that caller 

    Grassman Squadron: Bigfoot Patrol
    It also turns out that three of the top ten areas in the United States for Bigfoot sightings are in Ohio, and in particular right near my home county 

    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:


    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. 

  • Piano-playing puffins entertain on RSPB's Coquet I...
  • Bhatkal: Unusual death of birds creates panic amon...
  • Going Wild: Cha Cha, Carlos the Toco Toucans
  • Did human speech evolve from bird song?
  • Ala. wildlife officials tag endangered woodpeckers...


    The Gonzo Daily - Monday
    And so it is Monday, and finally we have a warm summer; so warm that neither of the dogs are sleeping under the covers. Archie and Pru have swapped ends and now Archie insists on sleeping with his head on either Corinna's or my pillow. The only problem is that he is a cantankerous little bleeder, and growls menacingly any time either of us turn over or even move in the night. The baby magpie is eating satisfactorily and I hope he will be OK to release next week. Saskia's arm is still very painful but she has a doctor's appointment tomorrow and we shall - hopefully - no more.
    I have been inundated with emails about the Weird Weekend, and I just want to say: all is not lost, and I will hopefully have definitive and good news for you tomorrow or Wednesday.
    Onwards and upwards!
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    MIKE TIANO: A moment in time: Will Jon Anderson fans ever ‘Believe Again’ in Yes?
    John Mayall - A Special Life: A solid statement from an elder statesman
    Full Show Friday | Frank Zappa NYC Halloween 1981
    GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Rocket Scientists - Traveler on the Supernatural Highways
    100 GREATEST SINGERS: Eric Burdon

    The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#82) is here to read or download 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 1890 Stan Laurel was born. Laurel is best known for writing most of the scripts (ie the good ones) that he and Oliver Hardy preformed as Laurel and Hardy.
    And now the news:

  • Scientists discover pre-historic NZ sea lion
  • 'Rat girl' bred thousands of rodents and then rele...
  • Smugglers throw tigers at police during car chase
  • World’s Best Dad? Owl Monkeys Win The Title Hands ...
  • Plans for five 'megaports' along Queensland coast ...
  • Philippine police seize half-tonne of shark meat
  • Natural world sites being recommended for listing ...
  • Salmon migrate by truck during California drought
  • Vietnamese ivory smugglers go on package holiday
  • Laurel and Hardy's Hal Roach Studios work is among the finest comedy ever created and still remains funny to this day, here's a good example: