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, February 02, 2015


'Bigfoot' filmed traipsing through swamp
'Bigfoot' filmed traipsing through swamp. Posted on Thursday, 29 January, 2015 | Comment icon 16 comments. The creature was lurking behind the 

Texas Photographer Snaps Picture of Bigfoot
Tag archives for Texas Photographer Snaps Picture of Bigfoot ... believes may have snaped a picture of Bigfoot after having rocks thrown at him

Bigfoot expert: 'Sasquatch' video 'too good to be true'
A leading Bigfoot expert says that video evidence of a Sasquatch skulking through Prospect Park on Tuesday morning was probably fabricated — but ...

The Courier

Bigfoot investigators have revealed a Fife man has broken a 10-year silence and reported seeing the mythical beast just off the Tay Road Bridge in ...

A lady in Oregon wanted to do something special with the dying fir tree in her front yard. The tree had stood on her property for over 100 years! So she ...

'My reports of seeing a monster were not taken seriously'
A Bigfoot hunter believes the mythical beast could still be roaming the Angus countryside. Charmaine Fraser, 41, claims to have seen a Bigfoot near a ...

Ohio Bigfoot Hunters to Conduct Workshop on Evidence Collection
At Annual Creature Weekend Conference, Local Ohio Bigfoot Group Conducts Workshop for people wishing to become Bigfoot Researchers. 

Arsene Wenger photobombs Arsenal photo shoot - manages to look like famous 'Bigfoot' picture
Sanchez unlikely to play this weekend. Whilst the mythical Bigfoot reputedly inhabits forests, Wenger was simply outside Arsenal's training centre.

A Search for Ohio Bigfoot
Bigfoot hunters/researches Doug Waller and Shawna Parks were deep into a remote wooded section of Salt Fork State Park when Waller was ...


Regardless of if the mythical creature has been sighted in Arkansas, a meeting is scheduled to take place in Charleston to discuss all things Bigfoot.

The RMSO checks out the location of a recent bigfoot sighting. It's mid-winter and the Rocky Mountain Sasquatch Organization is still out there putting ...

Bigfoot family discovered? Texas woman leaves them 'buckets of food'
The family of Bigfoot creatures just had a baby, she shares on the air. She has seen where they live and she has known they've been living there since  

Enthralling footage: Is this proof that 'Bigfoot' exists?
NEW YORK -- A video that was recently uploaded to YouTube claims to show “Bigfoot” in a wooded area in Brooklyn, New York. According to Russell ...

This Manitoba Bigfoot Footage Has One Great Story Behind it
This interview is really impressive and captures every detail of the sighting. Could this be the elusive white Bigfoot, or something else? Check it out: ...

This Costume From Exists Is One of The Most Realistic Looking Costumes Ever
Exists, a filmed by Eduardo Sanchez showcases one of the most terrifying Bigfoot chases ever. This little featurette shows up what it takes to bring the ...

The Inquisitr

New Bigfoot Video Emerges From Florida: Does This Clip Show A Real Skunk Ape?
A new video has emerged, purporting to show a Bigfoot as it meanders through a Florida swamp, and though some have questioned its authenticity, ...

The Inquisitr

Man claims to have video of 'Bigfoot' walking through park in New York City
NEW YORK — A video recently posted to YouTube claims to show “Bigfoot” walking through a park in New York City. WPIX reported that Russell ...

Phil Breaks Down ThinkThunker's Bigfoot Stalking Buffalo Analysis
Here's ParaBreakdown conclusion on the "Bigfoot vs. Buffalo" video posted by ThinkerThunker. In this breakdown, Phil points out several problems ...

Theories for their demise range from natural disasters to a government or military cover up and even to an encounter with aliens or the Russian bigfoot ... 


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.

  • Do Mysterious Big Cats Prowl the British Countrysi...
  • -NEWSLINK -U.S.A-Big cat, big fright: Cougar caugh...
  • -NEWSLINK- NORTH WALES-Call to find out the truth ...
  • -NEWSLINK-Circus Tigers
  • Namibias wild cats live on
  • VIDEO-BBC Natural World Documentary 2015 THE JAGUA...

  • VIDEO-National Geographic Wild 2015 Large Cat Sigh...

    Dear Friends,

    As I announced at the beginning of the year, the membership structure of the CFZ is changing. We have the email addresses of about 75% of the active members, and within the next few days we shall be emailing them all. If you have NOT received an email from us within the next ten days PLEASE email corinna@cfz.org.uk and she will check up your status.

    Anyone who has not emailed us by the end of the month will have a letter in the post.

    For the first time since 1994 there will be no subscription model for Animals & Men. The membership package will now consist of a monthly newsletter, regular publications for members only and a series of discounts on CFZ publications and tickets to the Weird Weekend. All current subscriptions will be migrated to the new format, and a credit note issued for any outstanding monies held by us. That credit note can be redeemed against any of our publications including Animals & Men, so although we are changing the model, subscribers can still stick to what is basically the current plan if they wish.

    The first newsletter will be going out in a day or so and from then on will be on the first of each month. Because this is a radical rewrite of the membership structure, all members will be given a free 3 Month subscription on top of what is currently owed to them.

    For those not aware, the new look Animals & Men can be found on the front page of the website (which is also currently undergoing its first major revamp for years) but can also be read here:


    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.

    FORTEAN ART TERRORISM: The latest from Xtul

    I would like to pretend that I am some sort of iconoclastic smash the system type of dude, but - truly - I am nothing of the sort. No matter how hard I try, how scruffy I get, or how long I grow my hair, I am still a respectable English gentleman of the old school, which is exactly why I spoke to the woman from the Salvation Army in the way I did. I like to think that my breeding and savoir faire showed through at that moment, because just as she had spoken to me, I was looking around vacantly and I saw the message "Xtul Lives, Xtul Rules, doesn't in Jon?" scrawled surprisingly neatly in violet magic marker above the telephone.

    Admittedly all sorts of people knew that we were travelling to Norfolk that day; I had put it on the CFZ blog, for example. But nobody outside the three of us in the hire car knew that we were going to be stopping off at that particular Motorway Services. And nobody apart from me, and possibly my ex-wife knew that the blurb on the back of the 1980s paperback edition of Foundation's Edge by Isaac Asimov had always irritated me. It was an over the top screed which had no real emotional empathy with the story. It started "Foundation Lives, Foundation Rules!" After all these years even typing it out for the purposes of this narrative is mildly irritating.

    Read on...

    THE CRYPTODANE: The tales of two sets of tusks - and a little bit of unicorn lore

    The unicorn must be one of the most well known, and dare I say legendary legendary beasts. Much has been written about these creatures, and about how the stories of them originated, so I shall refrain from doing so again. Instead I will tell a little story or two about the narwhal - this strange small arctic whale who has supplied one of the key ingredients of the story of the unicorn - the horn. Actually the tooth - the front tooth of the narwhal. This is long - sometimes very long - twisted and made of very hard and dense ivory.
    What the whales actually use them for is a matter of debate. Some say they are the whale equivalent of antlers. Some say they are used to root around in the bottom of the sea for the various prey animals of the narwhals. And some say they are simply weapons - or perhaps a combination of all three. What ever their use, they have been highly valued an indeed prized through the ages. Even today, where the superstition have been stripped away, a good size narwhal tusk is worth a fortune.

    Read on...

    NESSIENEWS (Caveat Lector)

    Father-and-son team collaborate on 'Loch Ness' musical.
    ... in residence Marshall Pailet is ready to unveil his latest work, “Loch Ness, ... I've spent a lot of time saving the world from monsters and engaging 


    The Gonzo Daily - Monday
    I am currently reading a fascinating book called 'Cowboys and Indies' by Gareth Murphy which is a history of the music industry, and to paraphrase it, those who believe that the music industry will never recover from the digital explosion and the advent of downloads, has not done their homework. This is only one of the cyclical crises which hits the music industry once in a while, and is nothing compared to what happened to the music industry after the advent of radio in the 1920s. One of the other things that I found totally fascinating was this:
    "In 1909, teenaged radio amateurs on Rhode Island sent out false reports of a shipwreck, resulting in a U.S Navy ship spending all night stalking around in circles. Later that year, after a real accident when a steamboat collided with the S.S Florida,the Naval vessel on scene was given four different positions by eavesdropping pranksters"...
    And we thought that 'Trolls' were a peculiarly 21st Century phenomenon created by the Internet.

    The Gonzo Weekly #115
    Edgar Froese, Tangerine Dream, John Lydon, Grateful Dead, Jon Anderson, Yes, Hawkwind, and Daevid Allen fans had better look out!
    The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#115) is available to read at www.gonzoweekly.com, and to download at http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/. It has Edgar Froese from Tangerine Dream on the front cover. As you may know he died about ten days ago. Inside there is a retrospective by Doug Harr and Rob Ayling remembers his relationship with the man who defined electronic music. I critique the extraordinary new John Lydon autobiography, and also burble on about The Grateful Dead. We have news about the Drones for Daevid concert in Brighton next week, and we send the legendary Roy Weard to a desert island. Xtul are on the road to Norwich, and there are shows from the multi-talented Neil Nixon at Strange Fruit and from M Destiny at Friday Night Progressive, and the titular submarine dwellers are still lost at sea. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and southern dibblers wearing new shoes (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials in search of snazzy footwear, 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:

    * 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/…/all-gonzo-news-wots-fit
    * 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 55 who - together with an infantile orange cat 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 infantile orange cat?


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