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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Thursday, June 26, 2014

CFZ People: Richard Downes

He may be a high-ranking army chaplain,
but he's still my little brother. And today my little brother has been on this
planet for one year over half a century. Happy birthday, dude!



Bigfoot sighting in Sullivan, Maine!
... sighting in Sullivan, Maine! There have been numerous sightings of Bigfoot on the Tunk Pond Road, sources have confirmed that this is not a hoax

'Bigfoot shot dead but body disappears': Conspiracy theorists claim cops covered up proof of yeti
Within hours, Pennsylvania Bigfoot Society received an email from an enthusiast who said he had overheard chatter on a police scanner after an ...

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
"Blobsquatches" are notorious and we have yet another here. Do you see the bigfoot in this picture? I see a big looming hairy figure sandwiched 

Sasquatch: Video of Bigfoot lurking in the woods of Provo, Utah
Do you see a Bigfoot lurking in the trees or something else? Still image frame. A new video by YouTube user "AnythingWhatever" is going viral due

Watch: Provo Canyon Utah a Bigfoot Hotbed or a Hotbed for Bigfoot Videos?
Bigfoot Evidence Matt K.
Recently YouTube user "AnythingWhatever" posted a short video of what appears to be a bigfoot lurking in the woods just off the side of the road. 


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. 

  • UK SIGHTINGS: CBS San Francisco
  • US SIGHTINGS: Second cougar sighting reported on J...
  • NEWSLINK: White Tiger Dies at Wylie Wildlife Sanct...
  • NEWSLINK: Hundreds of Cases of Conflict Between Fa...

  • NEWSLINK: Heart of Louisiana: Big cats find home i...

    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 - Thursday

    Last night was a pleasant one. Martin and Marianne, two musician friends of mine came over; wine was drunk and music was played and recorded, and a great time was had by all. For various reasons, mostly to do with Prudence having taken over most of the bed, and the flat roof of our bedroom  making our bedroom horribly hot I came downstairs and slept in my favourite armchair. So last night I truly did 'sleep with the fishes', (and two cats and a family of Japanese newts).
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    Rick Springfield adds ‘writer’ to his credits.
    GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Judy Dyble - C'est la vie
    Stephen Stills Selecting His 'Best Stories' for Upcoming Autobiography
    AUDIO: Blues Godfather Mayall’s offer fans can’t refuse
    The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#83) is here to read or download at www.gonzoweekly.com. It has Stonehenge on the front cover and features a previously unpublished account of the first Stonehenge Festival from Wally Hope, Dead Fred's claim that 1974 WASN'T the first 'Henge Festie. There are memories of Stonehenge Festivals between 1974-1984, an interview with James Lowe of the Electric Prunes, and Erik Norlander's tribute to Bob Moog. 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 Irish Stews (OK, no mutton and vegetable based concoctions, 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?

    KARL SHUKER: The First Nessie Book and a LNM bibliography

    Karl Shuker remembers the very first Nessie book, 80 years old this year, and also compiles a comprehensive LNM bibliography for his latest CFZ Press book.

    Read on...

    OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

    On this day in 1904 the actor Peter Lorre was born. Lorre's most famous films were “Casablanca”, “Arsenic and Old Lace” and Fritz Lang's “M” which is one of the greatest thrillers ever created.

    And now the news:

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  • Young researcher discovers source of disco clams' ...
  • Vampire bats' blood diet leads to loss of bitter t...
  • M is not only one of the best films ever made but copyright free as well why not watch it today or tonight via this link: