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, August 08, 2014


Bears can walk, and maybe answers Bigfoot questions (video)
I post this as to how many around here (State Of Washington) may think this is a Bigfoot or a person in a costume. At times this bear looks like a person 

Man spots 'Bigfoot' walking through his neighborhood (VIDEO)
A New Jersey man spotted a “bipedal bear” walking on its hind legs, or what some may call “Bigfoot.” The video was captured early morning Monday 

Preview: The Bigfoot Legend, Bob Gimlin, is on After Hours
Rictor Riolo: A preview of the biggest Bigfoot guest we could ever have on After Hours with Rictor… Bob Gimlin. Why is Tammy crying? Find out NEXT ...

East Tennessee Bigfoot Prints
Matt Seeber: Possible Bigfoot track in grass . Sighting less than 24 hrs old . Found less than 1 mile from the new Dyllis Springs School in Roane 

Man: At First I Thought It Was Bigfoot!
Bigfoot Evidence Shawn
When this man thought he stumbled upon Bigfoot, he immediately took out his phone to capture it all on film! But what he thought was the Bigfoot

Common core exam includes question about Bigfoot
Education News “Which detail from the article best supports the claim that Bigfoot exists?” A. “The creature was enormous — at least seven feet tall

Sturgeon now safe; Bigfoot is up next
I have fished the coastal waters of North Carolina for over 50 years and have been appalled at the number of sturgeon — I have never seen one 

Watch This Video of a Bigfoot Hater
Bigfoot Evidence Matt K.
I understand not everyone believes in bigfoot. I wouldn't expect them to. But why do some that don't have to hate on those that do? "We have travelled  


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.

NESSIENEWS (Caveat Lector)

Was the Loch Ness Monster first sighted by the Japanese?
The Loch Ness monster, ... When the Romans came to Scotland in the first century the Picts were the main ... Many books were written about the ...

I don't understand this headline at all. Can anyone explain?


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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    CFZ PEOPLE: Oll and Ann get married today


    Vale ‘Gump’, the last known Christmas Island Forest Skink

    Gump, who died in May, was the last known member of her species. Director of National Parks/Supplied
    Among the most haunting and evocative images of Australian wildlife are the black and white photographs of the last Thylacine, languishing alone in Hobart Zoo. It’s an extraordinary reminder of how close we came to preventing an extinction.
    That loss is also an important lesson on the consequences of acting too slowly. Hobart Zoo’s Tasmanian tiger died just two months after the species was finally given protected status.
    Last year, we wrote about the last-known Christmas Island Forest Skink, an otherwise unremarkable individual affectionately known as Gump. Although probably unaware of her status, Gump was in a forlorn limbo, hoping to survive long enough to meet a mate and save her species. It was an increasingly unlikely hope.
    Despite substantial effort searching Christmas Island for another Forest Skink, none was found.
    On 31 May 2014, Gump died, alone. Like the Thylacine, she barely outlived the mechanisms established to protect her, dying less than five months after being included on the list of Australia’s threatened species.
    Sad precedent: the Thylacine was another species that dwindled to a single captive individual, who then died. National Archives of Australia/Wikimedia Commons
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    Sudden decline

    Until the late 1990s, Forest Skinks were common and widespread on Christmas Island. Their population then crashed, and has now vanished. It has been a remarkable disappearance but not entirely peculiar, as it was preceded by an eerily similar pattern of decline and extinction (in 2009) for the Christmas Island Pipistrelle, the most recent Australian mammal known to have become extinct. Nor is the skink unique among the island’s native reptiles – most of them have shown similar patterns of decline.


    The Gonzo Daily - Friday
    Yesterday was a real Curate's egg of a day. Graham Mark, Sas and Riley got out the marquee ready to take it to Hartland, only to find that the connecting links had been removed/thrown away by person or persons unknown (they were apparently in an unmarked bin bag, so I suspect the latter), and so - because I don#t like breaking promises - Graham and Mark drove hell for leather into Bideford to buy a replacement with sixty quid that I could ill afford. I lost my cool for a bit at that point. Later, however, the day took a distinct upturn with the arrival od our friends Dougie and Joolz the Cornish Ghosthunters. A splendid time (and lentil sheperd's pie) was had by all.
    GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: I Can't Go Back To Savoury now
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    CORKY LAING: Life on the Rock -  keeping the rock and roll faith
    Rock band Yes has been around a long time, and has a new vocalist
    JUDY DYBLE REVIEW: Judy Dyble comes alive
    Forty-six years on, Yes is anything but “Fragile”
    The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#89) is available to read or download at www.gonzoweekly.com. It has the legendary Judy Dyble on the cover and an interview with her inside. It has an interview with Oliver Kersbergen from Sleepyard, and an interview with Lou Stein, the director of the theatrical adaptation of Hunter Thompson's 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas'. It also includes our second exclusive extract from the new Waterboys biography by Ian Abrahams. Jethro Tull fans will find a critique of the new box set of 'Passion Play', critiqued by Doug Harr. There are also new shows from the wonderfully eccentric Jaki and Tim on their Submarine, and from the multi-talented Neil Nixon at Strange Fruit and from M Destiny (hopefully fully recovered from his recent illness) a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and tree kangaroos (OK, no arboreal macropoda, 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
    As well as the Gonzo Weekly, there is a daily service called - wait for it - The Gonzo Daily, and you can subscribe for free HERE:

    *  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?


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