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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Monday, September 01, 2014


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.


I expect this so-called freak is just a mud puppy or salamander, from a Duluth, U.S.A. paper in 1911, but who knows..?


Blob-squatch reign of terror
A YouTube channel called “The Paranormal Review” says someone submitted a photograph of a shadow, a bush, or Bigfoot to its show. The pictures ...


First photos of 'Yeti' footprints by British Explorer expected to raise £5000 at auction
Some believe his photographs provide hard evidence that the Yeti - a huge ape-like creature also called Bigfoot or Sasquatch - was living in the ...

Where has bigfoot been spotted the most
There have been reports of Bigfoot in almost every state in the US but there seems to be a concentration of sightings in the Pacific Northwest. But there ...

With this recent sighting reported down near scenic (I jest) New Bedford, Mass, who in the New England area is up for a trip down on a weekend ...

Is Bigfoot Lurking near Lake Tahoe?
Truth Frequency Radio TFAdmin
TAHOE CITY-. Is Bigfoot lurking around Tahoe City? A short video clip posted on Youtube appears to show a creature standing in the forest on the ...

Bigfoot Sighting West of Cody Wyoming
Rocky Mountain Sasquatch Organization: Bigfoot sighting on an unmarked trail between Cody Wyoming and East Yellowstone National Park.

Bigfoot Encounter At The Kettle Moraine Forest
Linda Godfrey, noted investigator and author on the dogman, talks about the encounter she had with a blonde bigfoot in a Wisconsin state park 2 ...

Bigfoot Near Deer Feeder - Enhancement
Original video by Eastern Kentucky Bigfoot Research. Used with permission. Something is captured on trail camera could it be bigfoot or something ...

Who was the first person to see Bigfoot
Well go to youtube.com and put in Patterson bigfoot film. Actually, Patterson was the first one to see bigfoot, but I don't think that it was around since ...

Unbelievable Bigfoot Footage, Possibly the best footage Ever!
A study of the Bigfoot phenomenon: This compendium is a brilliant organization of a collection of anecdotal accounts, and a treasure-trove of photo ...

Phil Discusses Greenwater Park Footage, The First One We've Seen From Phil In a While
Does this look photograph look like a person in dark clothing? It's hard to say. Our friend Phil Poling of Parabreakdown offers his opinion on the ...

Encountering Bigfoot
Encountering Bigfoot by Katherine Krohn and Michael Byers. Encountering Bigfoot. What's that rustling in the forest? People have been reporting ...

Incredible Bigfoot Footage - Enhancement
Reportedly filmed 5 miles north of Blue Ridge, GA by a person on vacation. The video was submitted to Legends Beware. I ask them permission to ...

New video suggests 'Bigfoot' might really exist
The team at The Erickson Project says that they have video and DNA proof that sasquatches really do exist.

Is This a Shaggy Black Female Sasquatch?
YouTube user trackersthename is back with another video showing what he believes to be a shaggy black female bigfoot. But what is a "Sasquatch ...

Patterson film…The Bigfoot stumbles in this clip and the private parts show to the camera.
The Davis Report primateer
With stabilization the viewer gets a surprise when the Bigfoot stumbles forward and the rear shows to the camera and the private parts show. Medical ...


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.

  • NEWSLINK: Big cat on Icrisat campus finally caugh...
  • CANADA SIGHTINGS: Big cat roaming Edmonton likely...
  • UK SIGHTINGS: Motorist spots ‘big cat’ on the pro...

  • UK SIGHTINGS - Is there a big cat on the loose in 

    The Gonzo Daily - Monday
    And so another week begins. Corinna is going to the vet with Helen and her new puppy this afternoon, and I have an eminently energetic afternoon of dozing and doing damn all planned. I shall do something constructive later on, but I feel the need for a siesta. Ha!
    Hawkwind, Pink Fairies and Kate Bush Fans, and students of the British Underground had better look out! The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#93) is available to read at www.gonzoweekly.com, and to download at http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/.
    It has the lovely Jaki Windmill, the chanteuse of The Pink Fairies, (and all sorts of other things) on the cover. Hawkwind fans should check out the news of a charity auction of Bob Calvert memorabilia, and Doug Harr was there in the audience when Kate Bush played live on Friday evening. Dean Phillips revisits the events of 40 years ago when Wally Hope and the other Wallies of Wiltshire appeared in the High Court, with an amazing collection of pictures and clippings from the time, nearly all of which I had never seen before. 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 at Friday Night Progressive. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and ursine tree kangaroos (OK, no weird arboreal marsupials from New Guinea, 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?

    Up to 2000 badgers targeted as new cull gets approval

    A court challenge by the Badger Trust to overrule the government's decision to continue the pilot culls without independent supervision has been rejected. 
    news/2010_jan/badger_cull_2014 For despite the IEP finding that the first year of the pilot culls failed (by a significant margin) to achieve appropriate standards of both effectiveness and humaneness, the Secretary of State has decided to continue the pilot culls without an independent body overseeing it to ensure such standards can actually be met. 
    Dominic Dyer, CEO of Badger Trust, said: “The Trust is considering its options in respect of an appeal against the Court’s decision.  However, this judgment does not detract from the serious public concerns over the continuation of the cull, including the most recent leaks regarding potentially unlawful and unsafe activity undertaken by culling contractors during the 2013 culls. 
    "Given the indisputable failure of the 2013 culls, the still unresolved issues regarding safety and the significant uncertainty over the numbers of badgers to be killed in 2014, the only sensible option for the Secretary of State is to call a halt to these pilots, and the potentially unnecessary and inhumane deaths of hundreds of badgers." 
    Badger culling has been given the go-ahead by the government to resume  in Gloucestershire and Somerset.


    ON THIS DAY IN 1972 - David Bowie released "John, I'm only Dancing" in the U.K. The song was not released in the U.S. until 1976. 

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  • AND TO WHISTLE WHILE YOU WORK... (Music that may have some relevance to items also on this page, or may just reflect my mood on the day)