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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Monday, February 06, 2017


The Gonzo Daily: Monday/Tuesday
And so, another week begins, and Chloe and I are toiling in a slightly leaky vineyard (the badly converted potato shed on the side of my house) bizarrely, Chloe and I are feeling probably the most efficient we have done all year and are romping through my backlog of correspondents like there was no tomorrow . Wouldn’t it be nice if we could always be this efficient?
And here is the news:
THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Sandy Denny and Fairpo...
Gonzo Magazine #220
The first of a two part exclusive interview with the legendary Larry Wallis by Jeremy, Doug says Goodbye to the irreplaceable John Wetton, Richard goes to see Live Dead ‘69, John remembers Gary Duncan, and Jon looks at another Beatles book, and reveals a secret from his murky past, and there is more, lots more...
It’s all free!
And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney, and Friday Night Progressive, (Strange Fruit is missing in action this week), and part two of 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:
Richard Freeman, Pet Shop Boys, Yoko Ono, James Blunt, Ozzy Osbourne, Adam Ant, Goldfrapp, George Michael, Elton John, Andy Summers, Ray Davies, Vera Lynn, Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Jeremy Smith's Seven Deadly Sins, Roger "Deke" Leonard, John Kenneth Wetton, Ronnie Davis, Geoffrey James "Geoff" Nicholls, Benny Collins, Tom Edwards, Sir John Vincent Hurt, Mark Tighe, Elkin Ramirez, Robert Thomas "Bobby" Freeman, Gabriel Perrodin (aka Guitar Gable), James Laurence, Jack Mendelsohn, Absolute Elsewhere feat Bill Bruford, Al Atkins, Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come, Atomic Rooster, Lord Buckley, Tony Ashton & Jon Lord, Adrian Legg, Jeremy Smith, Larry Wallis, The Pink Fairies, John Wetton, Alan Dearling, Mookx, John Brodie-Good, Gary Duncan, Richard Foreman, Tom Constanten, Mark Karan, Slick Aguilar, Grateful Dead, Kev Rowland, It Bites, Lana Avacada, Lannie Flowers, Lee Abraham/Steve Kingman, Little Tragedies, Liquid Shadow, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Martin Springett, The Beatles, Bruce Foxton, Toby Keith, Loretta Lynn, Lemmy, Nick Cave, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Neil Nixon, The Creatures
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
Issue 219 (Martin Stone)
Issue 218 (Mark Reiser tribute)
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?


They compared the results to the animal's closet living relative, the Tasmanian devil, and found that the Tasmanian tiger, also known as the thylacine, ...

The thylacine, more commonly known as the Tasmanian Tiger, was named for its final habitat though fossil records and cave paintings show it was ...

Tasmanian tigers (or thylacines) were carnivorous marsupials that were native to Tasmania - the island off the south coast of Australia. And the new ...
The Thylacine Awareness Group, established to look into the possibility that Tasmanian tigers may not be extinct, purchased a number of the ...

A thylacine or 'Tasmanian wolf', or 'Tasmanian tiger' in captivity, circa 1930. These animals are thought to be extinct, since the last known wild ...

The local woman who filmed the so-called sighting said the footage proved the animal, also known as a Thylacine, was not extinct. Not everyone is ... 


Dec. 7, 2016
Jaguar photograph taken by Fort Huachuca trail camera 
PHOENIX —  The Arizona Game and Fish Department and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently received a photograph of a jaguar taken by a Fort Huachuca trail camera in the Huachuca Mountains. Fort Huachuca is a U.S. Army installation near Sierra Vista in southeastern Arizona.
“Preliminary indications are that the cat is a male jaguar and, potentially, an individual not previously seen in Arizona,” said Dr. Benjamin Tuggle, regional director for the Southwest Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “We are working with the Arizona Game and Fish Department to determine if this sighting represents a new individual jaguar.”
“While this is exciting news, we are examining photographic evidence to determine if we’re seeing a new cat here, or if this is an animal that has been seen in Arizona before,” said Jim deVos, assistant director of the department’s Wildlife Management Division. “We look forward to partnering with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and thoroughly vetting the evidence.”
AZGFD, USFWS and Fort Huachuca personnel will notify the public when the final determination is made. 


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.

Conservation of ivory-billed woodpecker's habitat ...
Gull decline on Scottish island linked to decline ...

Penalty for Canaport songbird deaths will fund con...
Rare Arctic bird leaves fans flying
'A Waxwing Winter': Soaring numbers of rare bird s...


Dec. 14, 2016
Arizona Game and Fish Department

AZGFD: Photographed
jaguar is newcomer to Arizona
PHOENIX — Scientists at the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) completed an independent analyses of trail cam photos of a jaguar in the Huachuca Mountains and confirmed that the animal has not been seen previously in Arizona.  

“Five scientists from the department independently examined the photos from the new sighting with those from previous jaguars in Arizona to compare spot patterns and concluded that this animal has not been sighted in previously in the state,” said Jim deVos, assistant director for Wildlife Management at AZGFD.  

“While recognizing the importance of finding a new jaguar in Arizona, it is also important to point out that this animal, like all other jaguars observed in Arizona in at least 50 years, is a solitary male and that the closest breeding population of this species is about 130 miles south of the International Border,”  added deVos.

The other most recent sighting of a jaguar in Arizona was in the Santa Rita Mountains in southern Arizona; however, that animal has not been documented in the state since September 2015. Prior to September 2015, this jaguar was photographed hundreds of times over a three-year period.

“Jaguars are a unique component of this state’s wildlife diversity and it is exciting to document a new visitor. However, in the absence of female jaguars and with the irregularity with which we document any jaguar presence in Arizona, this sighting in early December is important, but not an indicator of an establishing population in the state,” said deVos.

MUIRHEAD`S MYSTERIES: Two Strange American Cryptids

Hello again good people, today I have two stories from what is now the United States, but the first story is dated December 4th 1740, in The American Weekly Mercury, a report from Louisiana to be precise. In 1740 Louisiana was still partly influenced by French rule and was still in the process of being defined as a state.In 1740 it would have remained only partly explored. The following is the brief account of some sort of elephant-like animal. It isn`t the only account of a N.American
elephant I have come across but the other reports came from the central Plains or the North-West.

This is the account from 1740: " Tis also advised from Louisiana ,that the Natives advancing into some uninhabited Countries found some Elephants that had perish`d in a marshy place; which had given rise to a question whether this country does not border upon Asia the rather because the Natives say,they never saw nor heard that there were any Animal of that kind in that Country."

I have read about the discovery of elephant bones in Ohio.
The second story is from 1864, reprinted in 1964:

"The editor of the Reese River Reveille a hundred years ago appeared to have had an open mind and to have been interested in scientific matters, even if inclined to put his own interpretation on them. He continued "The Territorial Enterprise says it has received from Silver City a most singular animal, brought in by Indians. "When standing upright it is about three-and-a-half feet high and greatly resembles a baboon or a gorilla; though its head is more like that of a rabbit than any other animal. Its tail is like that of the coyote. It looks more like a species of kangaroo than anything else.Indians say it inhabits the highest peaks of the mountains".Henderson Home News Nevada Feb 20 1964.Silver City is a city in New Mexico and the mountains are presumably high ground in New Mexico or further
west. The Daily Reese River Reveille was a newspaper in Austin, Nevada.I have no idea what this animal was, the best I can think of is that it was a juvenile giant sloth. The Territorial Enterprise was a newspaper published in Virginia City,Nevada.


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Bigfoot Waving At The Camera (Video)
Mild mannered father by day, Squatch Master by night, Jeff Patterson believes he has captured video of not one, but two bigfoot creatures, hiding ...

Bigfoot Galore In Florida Swamps
Crypto Reality on youtube shared this video showing some of the possible bigfoot they believe they have gotten on camera. Check it out: ...

Bigfoot Print Found in UK Forest?
As the old saying goes, accidents are bound to happen, and when they involve clandestine government projects, some snafus can quickly become top ...

Bigfoot Watches Moose
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Bigfoot Hunting For Angry Oklahoma Squatches
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Facing Frigid Temps In Bigfoot Territory
Facing Frigid Temps In Bigfoot Territory ... I kid you not, and this theory is being defended by bigfoot supporters. ... This is the bigfoot world folks.
SHOCKING! Bigfoot On The Loose In Manchester As Man Finds HUGE Footprints!
We are talking about our huge furry half ape half man friend, the famous "Bigfoot". Bigfoot, also known as the 'Yeti' or the 'Sasquatch' has been around ...

NEWS FROM NOWHERE - Monday/Tuesday

ON THIS DAY IN - 1952 - Britain's King George VI died. His daughter, Elizabeth II, succeeded him. 
And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

  • Rattlesnake release program rattles Mass. Resident...
  • 'Tinder for orangutans': zoo lets female primate c...
  • Fish found to communicate with one another using u...
  • Trilobites with fossilized eggs found for the firs...

  • 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.)