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 22, 2014


The Gonzo Daily - Monday
Graham writes....

Jon and Corinna have left the CFZ building, on their way to Norwich for the now-imminent new arrival. So it's Graham at the helm for now. Jon said he'd keep in touch with me via Facebook, so my computer handily chose today to have a hard drive failure! Luckily I had a clone of the C drive stashed, to act as a replacement. It took a while to find, and then cajole into life by means of the Windows disk's repair function, but all is now well.
Meanwhile, Jon's computer's behaving itself, and has allowed the following Gonzo updates:
Ageing Hipsters, Tony Palmer fans, Rock and Roll Revolutionaries, ocket Scientist fans, Erik Norlander devotees, Ozzy Osbourne afficianados and Rupert Bear fans, here's an alert! The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#96) is available to read at www.gonzoweekly.com, and to download at http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/.

It has the 1971 Oz Obscenity trial on the cover, and an exclusive interview with Tony Palmer inside, as well as an exclusive extract from the new edition of his book 'The Trials of Oz'. Doug Harr meets the massively talented Rocket Scientists, and Jon is surprisingly reassuring about the future of the music business. There are also new shows from the multi-talented Neil Nixon at Strange Fruit and from M Destiny at Friday Night Progressive. (The massively talented Jaki and Tim will be back again next week, as will their submarine and Maisie the cow). There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and long nosed potoroos (OK, no weird antipodean macropods, 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!!!

Birds protection group RSPB seeks votes for Bob the Squirrel

 The current campaign by the RSPB is somewhat unusual...

Do you think that natural places should be looked after? We do, and we need your help!
Nature is the reason we are here. None of us could live without it.

Worms break up the soil so Bob can bury my hazelnuts and you can plant vegetables and fruit. The vegetables, fruit and flowers attract my friends the birds and bees. The birds spread seeds to grow trees and the bees pollinate the flowers. And when these die back they will enrich the soil and feed the worms.

It takes all of us to make life on our planet possible. And yet, right in front of our eyes, our wildlife is disappearing.

ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

News and stories from the remoter fringes of the CFZ blogosphere...



Library to host program on Bigfoot
OTTAWA — The Putnam County District Library in Ottawa will host “Bigfoot: Fact or Myth?” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 25.

Bigfoot Chasers - Proving Bigfoot
In this episode of Bigfoot Chasers, Joe and Craig attempt to prove to a skeptic that Bigfoot is out there.

Listen: Sasquatch Chronicles - Spottsville Monster Part 1
A look back to 1975 in Spottsville, KY, when the Nunnelly family home was terrorized by mysterious 8ft tall creatures. 


ON THIS DAY IN 1903, Italo Marchiony was granted a patent for the humble but rather effective ice cream cone.

  • Responsible tourism can positively impact whales
  • New nature reserve to open in London
  • Concerns raised that South Africa set to reduce protection for elephants
  • Tropical fish a threat to Mediterranean Sea ecosystem

  • Iberian pig genome remains unchanged after five centuries

  • 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)

    Today's cheerful choice being Lady Marmalade by LaBelle, it doesn't have much relevance to pig genomes or indeed any of the other items..


    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 Cats Initiative
  • VIDEO: Man plays with wild lions; big cats treat him as a friend

  • VIDEO: Spain's Last Lynx - Nature Documentary