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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Wednesday, January 25, 2017


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: Scientists plan to bring back the Caspia...
  • NEWSLINK: Big cat’s big dilemma

    The Gonzo Daily: Wednesday
    I was woken early by dear Richard Freeman who had just arrived in London after flying back from Tasmania. Apparently the fourth CFZ Thylacine expedition was the most successful yet, although he didn't have one of them with him, hissing and spitting in a makeshift cage on Paddington Station. Then, three hours later, we had a visit from Jeremy Smith late of the Strange Fruit Radio Show with Neil Nixon. A pleasant couple of hours talking about obscure rock music followed, and then at three Professor Jon's Academy for Young Ladies opened its campus doors and the student body came flooding in. OK I am indulging in hyperbole. The entire student body is in fact a fourteen year old young lady called Charlotte here for an English lesson and pizza.
    Quite a day really. No wonder I am tired.
    Hey ho.
    And here is the news:
    Al Atkins Spanish review translated
    SPIRITS BURNING Canadian review
    THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Jah Wobble and Keith L...
    André Previn: How Lucky I Am Now
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    Gonzo Magazine #218
    Mark Reiser, veteran space rock artist died last year, and the Real Music Club have put together a tribute album for him. Alan meets Australian artist Mookx, Jon burbles about The Beatles and reviews a book about Frank Zappa, John critiques the new Pink Fairies album, Doug goes to see Midge Ure, and Kev continues his eclectic reviews. Biffo, however, is scathing about Star Trek merchandise. And listen up kiddies.....
    It’s all free!
    And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney, and Friday Night Progressive as well as Jeremy Smith's new project The Seven Deadly Sins. We also have columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, Mr Biffo, Neil Nixon and the irrepressible Corinna. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and pademelons outside zoos (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have escaped from captivity, 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:
    The Beatles, Shirley Evans, Paul McCartney, Ozzy Osbourne, Stevie Nicks, George Michael, Flaming Lips, Sid Vicious, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Jeremy Smith's Seven Deadly Sins,  Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Yanni Alexis Mardas, Lance d'Boyle (Gary Lance Robins), Colo, Eugene Andrew "Gene" Cernan, Franz Jarnach, Thandi Klassen, Greg Trooper, Antony Charles Robert Armstrong-Jones, Richie Ingui, William Onyeabor, Rachael Heyhoe Flint, Loalwa Braz, Steve Wright, Absolute Elsewhere feat Bill Bruford, Al Atkins, Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come, Atomic Rooster, Lord Buckley, Tony Ashton & Jon Lord, Adrian Legg, Mark Reiser, Pink Fairies, Midge Ure, Alan Dearling, Mookx (aka Brendan Hanley), John Brodie-Good, Kev Rowland, Miss Peach and the Travellin' Bones, La Torre Dell Alchmista, Taylor's Universe, Bauda, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Martin Springett, Mr Biffo, Frank Zappa, Elvis, Johnny Cash, Hard Rock Cafe,  Elton John, Bo Diddley,
    Nat King Cole
    Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
    Issue 217 (Dig Doug Harr)
    Issue 215-6 (New Year 2017)
    Issue 213-4 (Yule 2016)
    Issue 212 (Greg Lake)
    Issue 211 (Phil Collins)
    Issue 210 (Nico)
    Issue 209 (Pink Fairies)
    Issue 208 (Leonard Cohen)
    Issue 207 (Tibet)
    Issue 206 (Raz)
    Issue 205 (Pink Fairies)
    Issue 204 (Gas Tank)
    Issue 203 (The Gardening Club)
    Issue 202 (Gong)
    Issue 201 (Auld Man's Baccie)
    Issue 200 (Deep Purple)
    Issue 199 (Yes)
    Issue 198 (Steve Ignorant)
    Issue 197 (Gilli Smyth)
    Issue 196 (Paul May)
    Issue 195 (Dave Brock)
    Issue 194 (Auburn)
    Issue 193 (Genre Peak)
    Issue 192 (Rick Wakeman and Brian May)
    Issue 191 (Karnataka)
    Issue 190 (Erik Norlander)
    Issue 189 (Rick Wakeman at the O2)
    Issue 187/8 (Yer holiday special)
    Issue 186 (Beatles)
    Issue 185 (Judge Smith)
    Issue 184 (Mick Abrahams)
    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:
    SPECIAL NOTICE: If you, too, want to unleash the power of your inner rock journalist, and want to join a rapidly growing band of likewise minded weirdos please email me at jon@eclipse.co.uk The more the merrier really.
    * 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.co.uk
    * 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 57 who - together with a Jack Russell called Archie, an infantile orange cat named after a song by Frank Zappa, and two half grown kittens, one totally coincidentally named after one of the Manson Family, purely because she squeaks, puts it all together from a converted potato shed in a tumbledown cottage deep in rural Devon which he shares with various fish. 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 Archie and the Cats?


    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.


    Peter Caine, a dog-trainer and artist, uploaded the footage to YouTube and claims the limb has been frozen for more than 50 years. Mr Caine explains ...

    NEWS FROM NOWHERE - Wednesday

    ON THIS DAY IN - 1533 - England's King Henry VIII secretly married his second wife Anne Boleyn. Boleyn later gave birth to Elizabeth I. 
    And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

  • The World’s Oldest Known Gorilla Has Died at 60: ‘...
  • Kangaroo attacks Melbourne jogger 'like a damn tru...
  • Quokka escapes Rottnest Island on garbage barge, s...
  • How far do invasive species travel?
  • Genetic opposites attract when chimpanzees choose ...
  • A long-running research and conservation project i...
  • Viper’s strike quantified in nature for the first ...
  • International Trade Threatens Turtle Species Diver...

  • 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.)