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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Tuesday, September 23, 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.

  • UK SIGHTINGS: Wild cat sighting on Cannock Chase
  • UK SIGHTING: 'Big Cat' beast of Ballykinler is 'probably a dog'
  • US SIGHTINGS: Mountain lion killed is believed to have attacked boy
  • Documentary - The Wild beasts of The Jungle - Nat.Geo.

    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.

  • Audubon Fights to Save the Piping Plover
  • Chicks starving in Newfoundland as warmer sea water imperils food supply for birds
  • RSPB plea to find missing Mongatu Harrier called Mo
  • Ortolans: could France's cruellest food be back on the menu
  • Impact on bird life is assessed for Hayling solar bid
  • Bohai reclamation projects threaten migratory bird
  • AUDIO MNR tracks threatened Eastern Whip-poor-will
  • RSPB names East of England as vital region for declining turtle dove species


    The Gonzo Daily - Tuesday

    Graham writes....

    Graham still manning the computer banks today; inbetween feeding the hungry hordes - fishes, dogs, cats, etc - while Jon and Corinna are still away in Eastern England. Back at base, it's somewhat chilly during the afternoons now, despite the thermometer showing a reading of 64F. Must be the air movement, as it's fairly breezy at present. Anyhow, the goldfish pond isn't in danger of freezing over just yet!
    Safely back indoors, then... and back to today's range of items on Gonzo blog:
    King Crimson New York gig review in 'Hollywood Reporter' mag
    Blues legend John Mayall talks touring, Eric Clapton and Tunbridge Wells ahead of Assembly Hall gig
    Watch Yes Perform 'I've Seen All Good People' on 35th Anniversary Tour
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: The Deviants / Mick Farren - Fury of the Mob
    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 extracct from the new edition of his book 'The Trials of Oz'. Doug Harr meets the massively talended 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!!!
    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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