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, August 18, 2015

WW2015: Corinna writes

So there it is then. Another Weird Weekend has come to an end and it is now back to normality (whatever that is).

Apart from Woolsery and surrounding villages being fog-bound on the Thursday night with the heavens above sprinkling down a continual fine rain that quickly and deftly saturated all who dared stand outside the marquee on the lawn, the event seemed to go remarkably smoothly. 

Big thanks go to the The Small School in Hartland for letting us be weird on their premises and also to all those that prepared, cooked and served delicious meals, made scrumptious cakes and cookies, and were on hand with endless cups of refreshing tea and coffee, as well as drinks of other kinds.

And big thanks also to Andy, Amy and Charlotte for putting up and looking after Ronan, and to Andrea, Steve and their brood for looking after Lars and his son. Your kindness is much appreciated.

Read on...

NESSIENEWS (Caveat Lector)

Pope Paul VI and the Loch Ness Monster
WHAT, you might very well be inclined to ask, has the Loch Ness Monster got to do with the Catholic Church? Not to worry, I have to tell you that our ...


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: Italian park held hostage by 'veggie' pa...
  • NEWSLINK: Two new rare liligers go on show for the...

  • NEWSLINK: 3rd cougar sighting in northern Wisconsi...

    The Gonzo Daily - Tuesday
    And so, dear friends, it is all over for another year. I suppose that I really should apologize for not having sent blogs out – either for the CFZ, or Gonzo – yesterday but the brutally honest truth is:
    After getting home from the Weird Weekend on Sunday night I imbibed a little brandy, said goodnight to my nearest and dearest, and went to bed. I woke up insanely early in order to say good bye to the children as they left to take Lars and his son to Bristol airport before making there own way back to Staffordshire. I then went back to bed and didn’t get up until tea time, whereupon I went into Bideford with Graham to get a takeaway curry and some beer, consumed a little of both and went back to bed.
    So there were no blogs yesterday.
    The Weird Weekend was very successful and everybody involved seems to have enjoyed it massively. Roll on next year… but not to fast please.
    Gonzo Weekly #143
    Billy Sherwood, Prog Rock History, Michael Raz, Free Festival, Roy Weard, Dogwatch, That Legendary Wooden Lion, Hawkwind, Jon Anderson, and Yes fans had better look out!
    The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#143) is available to read at www.gonzoweekly.com, and to download at http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/. It has Billy Sherwood on the front cover together with an interview with him the day after his first show as bass player of Yes inside. Jon muses about Princess Diana, Irish extremists and Weird Weekends whilst reviewing the hippest new comic. Doug reviews a book on the history of Prog Riock, John B-G talks about his memories of Free Festivals, Thom waxes all poetical like, whilst the legendary Roy Weard continues his regular column. And there is a radio show from M Destiny at Friday Night Progressive. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and water opossums with something to lose (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials planning to pray to St Anthony of Padyua for an intercession, 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:
    Zombies, The Faces, Stevie Van Zandt, Darlene Love, Nile Rodgers, Galahad, Friday Night Progressive, Keith Richards, Don Kent, David Nobbs, Eddie Cusic, Stephen Lewis, The Boomtown Rats, Karnataka, Rick Wakeman, Billy Sherwood, John Brodie-Good, Roy Weard, Michael Raz, Ted Nugent, Frank Sinatra, Davey Jones, Carole King, Beatles, Louis and Bebe Barron, Neil Nixon, Hagbard
    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:


    Does This Video Show A Hide N Seek Champion Bigfoot? (Video)
    Youtuber BL Holland posted this video of what they believe is a bigfoot hiding in the brush. A lot of people think bigfoot likes to watch us, and if this is a ...

    This Place Recently Had 3 Bigfoot Sightings In 24 Hours! (Video)
    Kelly Shaw calls this an Epic Hotspot. Looking at the view, and considering the 3 Bigfoot sightings it had in 24 hours, it's probably one of the ...

    This Could Be One Of The Best Photos Of Bigfoot I've Ever Seen
    It is certainly one of the clearest images of bigfoot I've ever seen. The question now is, is it actually a bigfoot or just an illusion created by shadows and 

    This Woman From North Georgia Had Her First Bigfoot Sighting!
    A lot of things go through your mind when you see a bigfoot. It's a whirlwind of emotions. This lucky lady in North Georgia just had her very first sighting ...

    Patty Wasn't The Only Bigfoot Filmed At Bluff Creek
    MK Davis believes this video shows a bigfoot crouched down next to the water at Bluff Creek. There is definitely something there, there's no doubt ...

    A Bigfoot Researcher Explains What It's Like In The Field
    Florida bigfoot researcher Mark Zaskey speaks candidly about what it's actually like to research bigfoot. What kind of things happen in the field, and ...

    Remaining Open-Minded in Bigfoot Research
    I was watching “Missing in Alaska” and it had me wondering… I work hard in the research of Bigfoot – extensively with some of the best researchers I ...

    Pennsylvanian man says he captured photo image of Bigfoot.another blurry picture.
    Another blurry example of so called Bigfoot evidence can be seen, from the images and samples provided, the background is clear and easily visible.

    Here Are The Men Who Was Shooting at Bigfoot Now Messing Around In The Olympic Peninsula
    Thanks to Daniel D. for sharing this video with us about the guys who claimed to be shooting at Bigfoot last week. Their video has made the rounds ...

    Will The Public Ever Believe Us About Bigfoot?
    One of the toughest tasks a bigfooter faces is trying to convince the general public that bigfoot actually exists. They are always met with the same ...

    Bigfoot runs across road in front of woman in car
    Bigfoot runs across road in front of woman in car. bigfoot-in-missouri-full. Fannin County, Texas. I was driving from Windom. It was after midnight


    ON THIS DAY IN 1227 - The Mongol conqueror Ghengis Khan died. 
    And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

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  • Diversity provides stability among animals in the ...
  • European wild boar numbers increase due to climate...
  • Supersniffing Ants Smell Things Humans Can't
  • When a 'UFO' flies by, does it bother bears?
  • Scent matters to fur seals
  • Ancient Footprints Show Dinosaur Duo Strolling Alo...
  • Predators might not be dazzled by stripes

  • Twin aye-ayes born in 'world first' at Bristol Zoo...

  • 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)