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 17, 2014

NESSIENEWS (Caveat Lector)

BBC Documentary - Aleister Crowley: The Other Loch Ness Monster
This television programme was produced by BBC Scotland. Although not perfect by any means, it does feature interviews with John Bonner, Head of


Bigfoot in New York
Bigfoot in New York. Veteran prank artist Joey Skaggs was up to his old tricks recently. At the beginning of June, he sent out a press release 

The hunt is on (again) for Minnesota's Bigfoot
A team of Sasquatch-hunters is hoping to find evidence of the 7-foot-tall mythical creature in an area where some campers claimed to have been 

Dude Finds a Possible Bigfoot Cave And Asks His Daughter To Climb In It
Bigfoot Evidence Shawn
This video was recorded near Sunshine Coast, B.C. According to YouTuber user Bruce C., this cave area is located where a lot of Bigfoot sightings

Turtleman and Neal Review Legend of Boggy Creek
In this particular episode Turtleman and his side-kick Neal watch and review one of the most legendary Bigfoot movies of all times; The Legend

Do You Know Your Bigfoot Casts?
Bigfoot Evidence Matt K.
Cryptozoologist and author Loren Coleman discusses in this recent article the bigfoot conference vendor market of bigfoot track casts, and do you

Bigfoot Torments Family Captured on Video? (Video)
According to this video, a family has been tormented by a group of bigfoot that lives in the woods across the street from their residential home. A book ...

'Finding Bigfoot' episode to focus on Virginia
Pulaski could be featured on television this weekend, as Sunday's episode of the Animal Planet series “Finding Bigfoot” will take the hunt for the 

FINDING BIGFOOT: Virginia Is for Lovers, Not So Much for Sasquatch
Last night, FINDING BIGFOOT fans took a trip to the state of Virginia with the BFRO team--Matt, Bobo, Cliff and Ranae--to see if Virginia might not only be for lovers,

Bigfoot near Squaw Peak?


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: Black Leopard On Kitchen Table
  • VIDEO: Meeting Spirit
  • VIDEO: Never Turn Your Back on BIG CATS!


    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 Gonzo Daily - Tuesday
    Bizarrely, although I went to bed at a sensible time last night and got up at a sensible time this morning, (for the first time in ages) I am ridiculously tired. My body seems to work better on stupid hours than sensible ones. There is all sorts of stuff afoot today but I won't jinx it by telling you about it. Roll on tomorrow.
    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
    *  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 1898 the illustrator and artist M. C. Escher was born. Escher is best remembered for his unusual drawings, which often tricked the eye of the observer depicting tessellating animals, impossible structures or objects leaving the picture to venture into the “real life” world.

    And now the news:

  • Endangered species baby boom at National Zoo and C...
  • Woman gives birth to a lizard. Yes, really.
  • Study: Deforestation leaves fish undersized and un...
  • Japan kills 30 minke whales in ‘research’ campaign...
  • Wildebeest mindlessly circle bush thanks to herd’s...
  • NY lake mandates boat checks for invasive species
  • Dogs born green
  • US government called to account after agency kills...
  • Researchers tap into social networks of endangered...
  • A short documentary about how brilliant Escher was, something you're bound to agree with when you see the pictures in the clip: