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.

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Allen Salzberg: Herpdigest is broke

HerpDigest is, and has been broke for the past three months. 

The amount of donations HD received to help offset the cost of replacing the HD computer this past spring has been very generous, but unfortunately insufficient. 

So for the past three months I have insufficient funds to pay the bills. To make up the deficit I've been personally donating money to HD. For example: webmaster (who has been quite patient), host of the website, mailing list programs, subscriptions and more. But I can no longer keep that up. And for those who say what about volunteers. I’ve tried that route, but they all disappear in a month or so.

Usually a book comes around that is a best-seller, or a big donor. Not this time.

All I have is the usual turtle and frog calendars. And the profit margin is only $7.00. And a generous offer to sell European herp books and share the profit margins, but I have been too ill to take up. Yet. I hope. 

I need to raise $1,000 to make sure HD can survive into next year. (so you won’t hear from me begging from funds until, say May?)

Buy a calendar and please round your donation up to $30.00, $40.00 more? Or just make a donation.

Put HD on your Holiday Gift List?

A check would be best.

Make the check out to 
send it to Allen Salzberg
67-87 Booth Street -5B
Forest Hills, NY 11375

If you prefer PayPal the account number is asalzberg@herpdigest.org

If you have gotten anything from HerpDigest: a job, an internship, volunteer opportunity, help getting names on a petition, help in your research, help saving herps, getting one on a state or federal ESA list or listed on CITES, or just plain entertainment. How much was that worth to you? How much is worth reaching 15,000 people interested in herps.(More since some issues, or articles go viral). People who don’t consider HD junk mail since they have asked to subcribe to HD. 

Thank you for your support, in the past and hopefully in the present and future. Thank you for listening me out.

Allen Salzberg
Director of Conservation and Media Relations for the New York Turtle and Tortoise Society 
Member IUCN Freshwater and Tortoise Species Survival Group

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