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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Thursday, April 09, 2015


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.


Are Stick Structures Signs of Bigfoot Activity?
Latest Bigfoot sightings and videos. ... People in the Sasquatch/Bigfoot Community point to "odd" formations of sticks and branches in the woods and ...

Bigfoot Left Footprint, Impression and Reconstruction by Dr.Grover Krantz
Pair of footprint impressions from a crippled Sasquatch, or Bigfoot, from Northeastern Washington State, cast and reconstructed by Dr. Grover Krantz

Finding Bigfoot in Indiana: He may be closer than you think
One usually equates Bigfoot, or Sasquatch, sightings to remote mountainous regions in the west…not to the Hoosier state. This is after all Indiana, and 

THOM THE WORLD POET: Kangaroo/drone interaction

now take to illegal skies easily
send in drones to film the wild
not realizing they might defend their child
Hawk or kangaroo,with enough sense to
leap and attack aggression/like a certain Australian
who invaded the emotional perimeters of a stingray
and found Mother Nature rules today.Hunters Best Be Aware!
They may not have guns like ours-but there are claws everywhere!
And before you can shout"Crocodile Dundee"
Your drone will be disabled

Go Skip!

Watch the moment a drone and a kangaroo got up close! For licensing of this video please contact PA Video : video@pressassociation.com or newsroom@newzulu.co...

WYRD: Organik Relektion on the radio

Title track from the new EP... it features many scenes from my area including a quoit in Cornwall, Hartland Quay, Croyde and Bideford

A game-changer for the Amazon

An ambitious project is underway to create the largest environmental reserve in the world, protecting 135 million hectares of Amazon forest. That’s more than twice the size of France! But it won’t happen unless Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela’s leaders know the public wants it. That’s where we come in. 

Colombia has just said it is on board. Now, if we create a huge global push to save the Amazon and combine it with national polls in all three countries, we can give the Colombian president the support he needs to convince Brazil and Venezuela. All three leaders are looking for opportunities to shine at the next UN climate summit. Let’s give it to them. 

The Amazon is vital to life on earth -- 10% of known species live in this magnificent rainforest, and its billions of trees play a key role in mitigating global climate change. Experts say this reserve would be a total game-changer for stopping rampant deforestation.Sign the petition now, when we reach 1 million signers, indigenous leaders will deliver our petition and polls directly to the three governments.


The Gonzo Daily - Thursday
The weather is gorgeous, and I hope this doesnt mean a repeat of a few years ago when 'summer' lasted a few weeks in April and then it bucketed down until September. I wanted to rewrite the lyrics to "It might as well be raining till September" but I couldn't think of anything witty enough. A quick personal message - someone who is reading this is having a horrible time at the moment. Please send your love and healing vibes to her...

The Gonzo Weekly #124
Karnataka, Simple Minds, Frank Zappa, vintage rock biography, Hawkwind, Jon Anderson, and Yes fans had better look out!
The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#124) is available to read at www.gonzoweekly.com, and to download at http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/. It has Karnataka on the cover, and inside yours truly interviews the band's Ian Jones. Doug writes about Simple Minds, and Jon critiques a rather peculiar creature feature novel. Neil Nixon reports on an even stranger album than usual, Wyrd goes avant garde, Xtul gets even more peculiar,  and there are radio shows from Strange Fruit and from M Destiny at Friday Night Progressive, and the titular submarine dwellers are still lost at sea, although I have been assured that they will hit land again soon. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and pademelons trying to choose (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials having difficulty in making choices, 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!!!
This issue features:
George Tremlett, Jack White, The Rolling Stones, Rihanna, Frank Zappa, David Bowie, Joni Mitchell, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Cynthia Lennon, Preston Ritter, John Shuttleworth, Hugh Hopper, Rocket Scientists, Tommy James, Birmingham Sunday, Inner City Unit, Mick Abrahams, OneRepublic, Ellie Goulding, Florence and the Machine, Brantley Gilbert, Karnataka, Simple Minds, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Yes, Bill Bruford, Jon Anderson, Jane Anderson, Wyrd Music, Xtul, Gracie Fields, Elvis, Justin Bieber, Madonna, The Rat Pack, Bob Dylan, Starfish64, Neil Nixon, A A Allen, Battlesoul
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?


ON THIS DAY IN 0193 - In the Balkans, the distinguished soldier Septimius Seversus was proclaimed emperor by the army in Illyricum. 
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  • Decade-long plan to halt native animal extinctions...
  • Declining great apes of Central Africa get new act...
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  • The hoo's hoo of gibbon communication

  • 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)