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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Wednesday, September 10, 2014


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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    Evidence Of Horses Being Used During Bigfoot Hunt At Bluff California in 1967?
    Was there a Bigfoot massacre at Bluff Creek in 1967? According to M.K. Davis, there was at least one Bigfoot killed — maybe a whole family of them.

    First Speaker Announced for the 2015 Ohio Bigfoot Conference
    Possible Bigfoot Eye Shine Bush Shaking ... 4 1/2 weeks till the 3rd-Annual Oklahoma Bigfoot Symposium · What ...

    Bigfoot mystery in Vicksburg Mississippi
    It seems in rural Vicksburg, Mississippi a big foot sighting happened. Yet once again, no photography was taken. However, there seems to be a 

    Will bacon draw in Bigfoot at morning camp?
    Fasano Bigfoot Research: I spent a very hot and humid night in the swamp. Wondering if the smell of bacon will lure them

    Bigfoot Festival and Conference Coming To Texoma
    Every year a Bigfoot Festival is held in Honobia, Oklahoma in Leflore County, where most reported Bigfoot sightings and encounters in Oklahoma ...

    Watch: After Hours with Rictor (The #1 Bigfoot Webcast): Stacy Brown Jr's Skunkape Investigation
    Bigfoot Evidence Shawn
    Continuing our After Hours with Rictor Bigfoot Bounty reunion series, we have the $100,000 grant winner Stacy Brown Jr. It's been a few months since

    Bigfoot Living In Harmony With The Native Americans
    When it comes to believing in bigfoot, there seems to be no obstacles for our American Indian counterparts. Living so closely to nature and 

    Bigfoot believers not discouraged: Hairs sent into Oxford study not from Sasquatch
    SEATTLE — When you're a Bigfoot believer in Washington state — for some, the epicenter for the creature — you don't get discouraged. Not even by ...

    Keep Bigfoot on your mind over the next few months
    All Middlefoot males froze their nuts off and where unable to reproduce from there forward. That spring the Bigfoot males mated females unchallenged

    The Patterson Bigfoot Film…Hand flexation
    The Davis Report primateer
    Of the men who have claimed to have been the "man in the suit", most have explained away the long arms and hands as being arm extensions. 

    NESSIENEWS (Caveat Lector)

    The Dores Inn pub on the shores of Loch Ness goes on sale for £750000
    Scottish pub offering tourists one of the best views for spotting the Loch Ness Monster goes on sale for £750,000 (and it comes with its own resident ...


    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 Gonzo Daily - Wednesday
    We are always being told how the music industry is in crisis and how record sales are plummeting.  However, once or twice a year there are still major artistic and cultural events which take the western world by storm.  One such has been Kate Bush’s renaissance following her ongoing series of concerts in London.  Another happened last year when the Rolling Stones dragged Mick Taylor away from undeserved obscurity, and played a series of barnstorming gigs including Glastonbury Festival, and another is going on at the moment and started last night.
    King Crimson have been, unarguable, one of the most idiosyncratic and artistically interesting bands for forty five years now, since they formed in 1968.  Leader Robert Fripp left the music business some years ago, and King Crimson seem to have been on indefinite hiatus since about 1998.  However, last year Fripp announced that the band will return, and last night, the new seven piece line-up played their first show.
    When Kate Bush announced her return to the stage she asked politely that fans refrain from photographing or videoing the gigs.  She then enforced this polite request with an iron fist, which means that the job of an arm chair rock and roll pundit like me is a little bit more difficult than it would have otherwise have been.  I don’t know whether King Crimson have done the same, but there are no snippets of the band’s latest set available on Youtube, and only one review that I can find so far.  We shall just have to wait and see what transpires.
    Watch this space.
    Corky Laing Interview - "When the Americans landed on the moon, I landed on the Mountain seat"
    Steven Wilson Remixing Classic Yes Album
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Marlene Dietrich - Falling in Love again
    John Ellis, Vibrators, Clepsydra and Kate Bush Fans, had better look out! The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#94) is available to read at www.gonzoweekly.com, and to download at http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/.
    It has the one 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?