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 29, 2014

CFZ PEOPLE: Robert Rivett

A very big thank you to Robert Rivett for his generous donation of $10.  This will be going towards renovations and repairs, and a new winter nest box for the bottom aviary.  

We had planned to expand the crow’s aviary this year but, for various reasons, we are somewhat strapped for cash so we are expanding it by combining it with the old quail aviary and putting in some new perches and a swish new nest box.  Robert’s donation came at just the right time!

Thank you Robert.


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.


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Bigfoot Evidence Shawn
Any of you lot got an actual bigfoot to go with that backslapping? ..... should have got this fellow one of those Louisville Slugger Bigfoot Knockers made 

'Bigfoot' promoting West Branch
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Today! – Wednesday August 27th – 5pm PST/8pm EST. CryptoLogic Radio – Episode 17 – Bigfoot and the Big Thicket with Felipe “Big Dog” Mendoza.

Linda Godfrey Talks About Her Bigfoot Encounter In Wisconsin
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Juneau Alaska Mount Roberts Bigfoot Sighting
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Pennsylvania Bigfoot Investigations
We don't believe in looking for Bigfoot for the purpose of hurting or killing one. We solely are interested in finding evidence and documenting sightings

Bigfoot DNA Update
She will also talk about her recent field experiences with Bigfoot as well as how her work with Native Americans has validated a lot of the supernatural 

Bigfoot fans at North Canton town hall to share sightings
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The Craven Bigfoot Footage Just Got Broken Down
Bigfoot Evidence Shawn
One problem we have with this breakdown is the requirement that Bigfoot has to be big. Why is it so hard to understand that Bigfoots grow up like the ...


The Gonzo Daily - Friday
Fridays are always a complicated here in the potato shed because it is the day that we put the latest edition of Gonzo Weekly together.  Add to it that this week I have already done two interviews this morning and (hopefully) sorted out various complicated things involving leaky roofs, winter accommodation for a partial albino crow with nerve damage and various things to do with next year’s Weird Weekend.
Whilst on the subject of next year’s Weird Weekend, we are still not sure about the date.  It will either be the last weekend in July or the third weekend in August as it has been for the last decade.  However, what we can tell you is that it will, once again, be at The Small School in Hartland, and we can announce our first headlining act – the ever lovely, and ever fascinating Jaki Miles-Windmill who will be talking about Astroshamanics and will also be sharing some of her exquisite music with us.
The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#92) is available to read or download at www.gonzoweekly.com. It has the Weird Weekend featuring various Gonzo luminaries such as Wally Dean, Judge Smith, Crystal Grenade and C J Stone. We have Merrell Fankhauser's autobiography. Doug Harr was there when Paul McCartney revisited the site of the last ever Beatles concert. There are also new shows from the wonderfully eccentric Jaki and Tim on their Submarine, 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!
You can download the magazine in pdf form HERE:
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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