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...

Search This Blog



Click on this logo to find out more about helping CFZtv and getting some smashing rewards...


Unlike some of our competitors we are not going to try and blackmail you into donating by saying that we won't continue if you don't. That would just be vulgar, but our lives, and those of the animals which we look after, would be a damn sight easier if we receive more donations to our fighting fund. Donate via Paypal today...

Saturday, September 06, 2014


I came across some notes off the Hong Kong Wildlife.net Forum from October 2006 a few days ago which whilst old, ( I presume 2006-10-6 means October 6th 2006 though of course it may mean June 10th 2006) are very important because they throw up a few mysteries and the value of amateur research out there in what is worryingly becoming known as Greater China in some media outlets. Worrying for geo-political events I mean.

 The communications  concerned a fauna survey of Dowell Hill Country Park, which I`ve not been able to locate on the Net. On October 6th `BWA` comments on wild boar, barking deer,otters bats and monkeys.

On the same day Blue-Owen mentions "microphone Bobcats" ,but although there are leopard cats there have only ever been two reports on bobcats or lynx in HK and that was before 2006. One was an Eurasian lynx in 1961 in the New Territories. "Microphone bobcats" may mean leopard cats being tracked by a
tagging device. The bob cat is traditionally an American animal. Blue Owen also uses the phrase "red-bellied squirrels." ,but this is endemic to Sulawesi in Indonesia. There are also red-bellied squirrels in Taiwan.
Styan`s squirrel is in HK,  see below, image from HKWildlife.net. Unidentified squirrels have been reported from HK but not red-bellied. As far as I know.

`Eco` says on 6-10-06 :" In view of the geographical distribution of
animals,  cats have been spotted in Hong Kong there should be the following:
the South China Tiger (Panthera tigris); leopard (Panthera pardus);clouded
leopard (Neofilis nebulosa); Asian golden cat (Catopuma temminckii); ocelot
(Felis bengalensis) ;cloud cat ( Felis marmorata) ; fishing cat (Felis
viverrina) ; jungle cat (Felis Chaus) ...Ocelots may have once been in Hong
Kong and "clouded leopards are also recorded in the past appeared in Hong
Kong: December 28,1990,one clouded leopard is found in Shantung St, Mong
Kok...when it was huddled in a trolley at the end,claws". (Emphasis
mine.Remember this is the poor quality Google translation.) "Finally by the
time the 5 staff members with a set of dogs...(it) was sent to Hong Kong
Zoological and Botanical Gardens as a temporary shelter."


The Gonzo Daily - Saturday
Saturday? But it is Friday night! Yes, I know, but all times and dates are as one in the eyes of the universe.
John Ellis, Vibrators, Clepsydra and Kate Bush Fans, had better look out! The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#94) will be available to read tomorrow at www.gonzoweekly.com, and to download at http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/.
It has the onbe and only John Ellis, one time guitar guru of The Vibrators, Peter Gabriel, The Stranglers, Peter Hammill, Judge Smith and more on the cover. Doug Harr was there in the audience when Kate Bush played live on last Friday evening, and Jon finds out about Clepsydra's plans for the future from bass ace Andy Thommen. 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?


Bigfoot Witness Excited to Find More Bigfoot in Ontario (Video)
Christine Byrnes had a sighting of what she believes was a bigfoot creature while out picking berries as a young girl. Like many other witnesses, her

Cryptozoology 101: Bigfoot vs. Bears
I love it that Jane Goodall is fascinated by Bigfoot. Lots of other people are too, of course, but her interest really captures my attention. I remember ...

Bigfoot Footage from Blueridge
This Bigfoot footage was allegedly filmed in Blueridge GA, on the 12th July 2013 WATCH: Bigfoot Sighting Filmed in Forest. Continue Reading > ...

Florida Man Wants Bigfoot Researchers To Unite (Video)
Mark Zaskey is a very opinionated Bigfoot researcher from Florida. He knows what he saw that day in the Florida swamps and is sick and tired of the 

Sir David Attenborough Wants to Find the Yeti
"Sir David, the acclaimed naturalist, said he was intrigued by the mystery of the Yeti, with some evidence to suggest it could exist. Saying he did not ...

Someone Finally Did a Breakdown on This White Bigfoot From Pennsylvania
If this a mask? YouTuber ThinkThunker takes a closer look at the footage from Pennsylvania and reveals that it is no mask. Check it out


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.

  • Peregrine falcon shot in Co Wexford
  • Pregnant Mascarene petrel shows off ginormous egg ...

  • Future for hen harriers looking bright in the Peak...

    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: Various from Mark
  • VIDEO: National Geographic Live! - Vincent J. Musi...
  • US SIGHTINGS: Have you seen a panther in Alabama?...
  • NEWSLINK: Cougar menaces hikers in Waterton Lakes...

  • NEWSLINK: Mack-based guide guilty in big cat hunt...

    ON THIS DAY IN 1620 - The Pilgrims left on the Mayflower from Plymouth, England to settle in the New World. 

  • Key Pacific panel agrees to 50% cut in young tuna ...
  • Seal population on the rise in Thames estuary
  • Japan set to wade into diplomatic row by bypassing...
  • Ancient mammal relatives were active at night 100 ...
  • Tree frogs speed up their life cycle when becoming...

  • BBC criticised for use of captive wild animals in ...

  • 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)