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, August 12, 2014

RAINES EXPLAINS: Preparations for the Weird Weekend

CRYPTOLINK: Is the Tassie Tiger still spotted?

A word about cryptolinks: we are not responsible for the content of cryptolinks, which are merely links to outside articles that we think are interesting (sometimes for the wrong reasons), usually posted up without any comment whatsoever from me. 

Tony Black introducing film footage of one of the last Tasmanian tigers.
Tony Black introducing film footage of one of the last Tasmanian tigers.
AS a journalist in Inverness, former Highland News reporter Tony Black did his fair share of Nessie stories.
When he moved to Australia, he found himself writing about another mysterious creature, the inspiration behind his newly published novel The Last Tiger.
Already an established and acclaimed crime writer, The Last Tiger takes Black into new territory with his first historical novel.
Set in Tasmania in the early 20th century, its hero, young Lithuanian immigrant Myko, develops a fascination with the island’s top predator, the Tasmanian tiger or thylacine, which is being hunted to extinction by the island’s settlers — including Myko’s own father.
The last known Tassie tiger died in captivity in Tasmania’s Hobart zoo in 1936.
However, when Australian-born Black returned to the country of his birth to work for a small rural paper, he soon found not everyone is convinced the Tassie tiger is no more, even in mainland Australia where the animal is reckoned to have died some 2000 years ago.
Working as a reporter, Black took a call from someone who claimed to have captured footage of a tiger near the outskirts of suburban Melbourne.
"He sent the footage over and it clearly wasn’t a dog or a panther," Black said.
"The only way I can describe it is that it’s almost like a quadruped kangaroo with the head of a dog.

Read on..


Tracking Pennsylvania Sasquatch: Finding Bigfoot
"Finding Bigfoot" ... Tracking Pennsylvania Sasquatch: Finding Bigfoot ... With a little help from Chris Lindsey of Bigfoot World and his color 

Do These Images Show a Bigfoot or Maybe Even a Dogman? (Video)
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10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty
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Luke has been an avid field researcher for nearly two decades, and he really knows his bigfoot. If you're going to be in the area, you should definitely 

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Lake Tahoe man captures Bigfoot on video, and this time it looks totally legit
Lake Tahoe man captures Bigfoot on video, and this time it looks totally legit (w/video) [Weird]. Posted by Free Beer and Hot Wings on August 11 2014 

Stuff They Don't Want You To Know: Sasquatch/Bigfoot
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Dogman or Bigfoot Structure? (Video)
This is an area where multiple people have witnessed the Dogman. Many people think Bigfoot make these type of structures but could the Dogman be

The following was presented to me by Daniel Falconer and Phil Poling. It is a critical examination of the Sylvanic bigfoot videos released by 


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 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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    The Gonzo Daily - Tuesday
    I had every intention of going to bed last night. I decided that Mother and I would cook our evening meal before I did so. Mother was chopping onions while I was in the sitting room fielding enormous numbers of telephone calls. I never drink alcohol this week, doing my best to remain sober and healthy so as to deal with the stresses and strains of organising the biggest Fortean Zoological conference in the UK. However one of my telephone calls was interrupted by a Godalmighty row from the kitchen. Someone unexpected was coming in through the back door. Prudence and Archie, suspecting a malefactor, rushed into the kitchen barking furiously and intending to rend said malefactor limb from limb. The malefactor turned out not to be a malefactor, but Davey "Geordie Dave" Curtis clutching a bag full of cans of broon ale. So my good intentions were all for naught and I have a hangover this morning.
    In an undisclosed location near Swanage in Dorset a number of European map butterflies (Araschnia levana) have been seen and photographed. This is not a native species to the UK, and is non migratory, but considering the fact that they are currently advancing their range in Europe, and the excellent summer we have had they  could be the offspring of a vagrant female earlier in the year, rather than just having been released by a well meaning idiot. If they are natural vagrants has the UK got another new butterfly species in the offing? This species was deliberately introduced in 1912 when the butterfly became established in the Forest of Dean in Monmouthshire, and Symond’s Yat in Herefordshire. The well-known entomologist A.B. Farn was so opposed to the deliberate introduction of a foreign species that, in 1914, he deliberately collected and destroyed every individual he could find. However, the ultimate demise of the colonies is believed to be the result of additional (and unknown) factors. One specimen was recorded in 1982 but apart from that these are the first known British specimens. Cop a load of this: http://www.ukbutterflies.co.uk/phpBB/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=7848
    The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#90) is available to read or download at www.gonzoweekly.com. It has the legendary Steve Bolton on the cover and an interview with him inside, in which he casually drops more names than I have ever heard in an interview before, including Keith Richards and Dr John, as well as his first band Atomic Rooster and the currently reformed 6foot3. We also have Tony Palmer remembering his friend Felix Dennis and a feature about the reissued edition of Palmer's 'The Trials of Oz'. Gentle Giant fans will find a critique of the new box set of 'The Power and the Glory', 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 long nosed potoroos (OK, no weird little marsupials, 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!
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    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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