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, August 20, 2015


The Gonzo Daily - Thursday
We are living in strange and disturbing times. Within the past few minutes I have received notifications of a plane crash in San Francisco, and military action between North and South Korea. As Jaki Windmill said to me at the Weird Weekend there is something wrong, and as I said to her, there is a bad moon rising. But all is not lost!
He has returned, I tell you! Rejoice!
Mr Biffo has returned, and we need him now, more then we ever did! Between 1993 and 2003 I read Biffo’s surreal nonsense on channel 4 Teletext everyday now, twelve years on, Digitiser is back at www.digitiser2000.com and the world is whole again.
All hail the Man with a Long Chin!
P.S Jessica thought Scranton K was hilarious, although she was not impressed with either Throbbing Gristle or Dr Jon the Night Tripper!
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:


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: Endangered Amur leopard numbers recoveri...
  • NEWSLINK: Forest guard shortage makes it hard to c...
  • ARTICLE: Guides are the culpable ones in big cats’...

  • NEWSLINK: Rescued Tigers Roam in Luxury at Former ...

    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.


    Next year will see the Weird Weekend getting bigger
    For the first time ever there will be two Weird Weekends in one year!
    In addition to Hartland
    2016 will see the arrival of something new come kicking and screaming into the weird world
    Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd April 2016
    Rixton with Glazebrook, Cheshire

    CRYPTOLINK: Giant Catalina Oarfish

    Los Angeles Times

    A word about cryptolinks: we are not responsible for the content of cryptolinks, which are merely links to outside articles that we think are interesting (sometimes for the wrong reasons), usually posted up without any comment whatsoever from me. 

    The first sighting of a live oarfish was in 2001, and scientists speculate they could be the source for sea serpent legends. Oarfish are the world's ...



    Bigfoot Captured On Video... Kidnapping The Cameraman's GIRLFRIEND!
    You read that right… Bigfoot kidnaps girl. So why isn't this on the mainstream news? Well, I'm sure it is… in Russia. Of COURSE this is from Russia.

    Brothers Terrified By Bigfoot Outside Bedroom Window [Southern Bigfoot Tales]
    Jim King, known by his friends as "Bear", had his first bigfoot sighting in 1966. Not knowing what it was at the time, it wasn't until 1972 that he became ...

    The RMSO Discusses Bluff Creek Research
    If you're looking from an RMSO podcast, this is the closest you'll get to one. On this episode, of RMSO Round Table, they have a discussion about Bluff ...

    The MNBRT Leads The Bigfoot Research Charge In Minnesota
    Abe Del Rio is the founder of the Minnesota Bigfoot Research Team, which was recently featured in an in depth newspaper article, that sheds light on ...

    BLOODY HELL THIS IS AWESOME (Jessica found it for me)

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    ON THIS DAY IN 1741 - Danish navigator Vitus Jonas Bering discovered Alaska
    And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

  • Scientists have found, identified the ‘flying spag...
  • Reminder: Robin Williams made a depressed gorilla ...
  • Apes may be closer to speaking than many scientist...
  • Prehistoric carnivore dubbed 'scarface' discovered...

  • 26-Year-Old 'Corduroy' Crowned World's Oldest Livi...

  • 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)