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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Friday, July 18, 2014


The Bigfoot Forums Blog

Interview with Lyle Blackburn
by KBhunter 


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.


Bigfoot Thursday: Bigfoot Eyeshine or Monster Hoax?
Today's Bigfoot video shows a man, his frightened dogs, and what looks like a monster sitting in the woods in the pitch dark of night. It's an interesting ...

There was an epic bigfoot thread on THF in the "Open Hunting" section. Few guys on there are like bigfoot researchers and were posting all their ...
Breakdown: Possible Garden Bigfoot Footage
The Crypto Crew:Possible bigfoot walks past a garden.This figure does not appear in any kind of a hurry or to notice it is being filmed.I don't know if it ...
Video: Two Fishermen Get the Bigfoot Fright of Their Lives
"On Friday, July 11 at around 7pm, two fishermen were fishing on and around the property of Gayle Beatty, Lead Investigator with Bigfoot Researchers ...
MK Davis Discusses Bigfoot And Dogs
Why do Bigfoots have a disdain for dogs? Why do they sometimes tolerate one dog and then kill others? M.K. Davis has some theories on this.
Woman Has Bigfoot Encounter In Oregon Caves (Video)
Here's a brand new video from Kelly Shaw talking about a woman who compared what it felt like to see a bear versus a Bigfoot. It's a frightening and ...
Bigfoot Researchers Says They Raise and Herd ELK
“With the elk come the elk herders,” says Bigfoot researcher JC Johnson. He says that Bigfoot raises elk from babies and herd them much the same ...
Historical Bigfoot Attack Site Rediscovered In Washington
Has the site of one of cryptozoology's most famous tales of Bigfoot-related violence finally been rediscovered? After years of expeditions, one ...
deceased bigfoot found in san diego mountains!
Link of the news: http://thebaymirror.com.nipsysnews.com/deceased-bigfoot-found-in-san-diego-mountains!/r/135368 ...


The Gonzo Daily - Friday

On the whole it has been quite a nice day so far. My stepdaughter Shosh will be arriving tonight, and I have just acquired six zebra danios for my Southeast Asia small community tank. More and more reports of the yellow legged tortoiseshell are coming in from the east of the country, and I have been sent a graphic showing how this species colonised Sweden in only a few short years. It looks as though we might soon have a new British resident species, which will be exciting. Plans for the Weird Weekend are continuing apace, and today I got a signed CD from the lovely Judy Dyble. I will be writing to thank her later and manfully resisting the temptation to start the letter "Hey Jude"....
The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#86) is available to read or download at www.gonzoweekly.com. It has Hunter Thompson on the front cover an an article by theatrical producer Lou Stein about his friendship with the good doctor. There is also an interview with Paul Woodwright from Kozfest, Galahad at the Christchurch Festival in pictures, Doug Harr with thefirst of a mini series on Brand X, whilst Jon muses about Alan Moore (who knows the score). There are also new shows from the wonderfully eccentric Jaki and Tim on their Submarine, from Canterbury Sans Frontières  and from the multi-talented Neil Nixon at Strange Fruit and a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and salamanders from Toulouse (OK, no French caudata, 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!!!
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*  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?

ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

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


Asian visitor back after 60 years: Yellow-legged Tortoiseshell butterflies spotted on the east coast for first time since 1953

A rare butterfly has been spotted in Britain for the first time in 60 years, having migrated from Eastern Europe.

The only previous record of a wild Yellow-legged Tortoiseshell in Britain was in 1953, when it was seen just once in Sevenoaks, Kent.

In the past week there have already been four confirmed sightings, along the East coast in Norfolk, Suffolk and Kent, and six further reports of the butterfly in coastal areas stretching as far north as Lincolnshire. Conservationists are very excited about the sightings, which are as rare an occurrence as anything in the butterfly world.

There have been four confirmed sightings of a Yellow-legged tortoiseshell butterfly on the east coast this week and another six possible sightings as far north as Lincolnshire
There have been four confirmed sightings of a Yellow-legged tortoiseshell butterfly on the east coast this week and another six possible sightings as far north as Lincolnshire

Richard Fox, of the Butterfly Conservation charity, said: ‘The Yellow-legged Tortoiseshell usually is seen in Eastern Europe - we have only one recorded sighting in this country before now, and that was in 1953. ‘So to have up to ten sightings in a week is incredibly exciting.’

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