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, March 06, 2017


Published on Mar 5, 2017
Found Footage awakens, as Mr Biffo brings you a very special selection from his video tape archives. Featuring Goujon John, Ghee-Lord, DJ Trendy Peanut - and more!

Please share and like if you enjoy Mr Biffo's Found Footage!

Further episodes will follow in May...

MUIRHEAD`S MYSTERIES: New information on mystery animals in Hong Kong part 3

Here is the third and final part of my blog on unusual and overlooked animals in Hong Kong,taken from postings in the Facebook group `Hong Kong Was,Is and Forever Will Be my Home!`during February 2017.

James Campbell Clements reported a big bat over Cheung Chau in 1991 as a typhoon approached.A couple of typhoons passed over or near Hong Kong that year.Some people identified it as a frigate bird. A similar large "bat" or large eagle was seen at Tai Au Chau, part of the Soko Islands, a few months later also prior to
a typhoon.

Joan Summers saw a massive porcupine near Stanley Terrace sometime in the 1960s. Now interestingly I have come across other reports of very large porcupines
on Hong Kong Island.By "massive" Joan meant half the size of her chow-alsation cross.Vicky Henderson saw a huge porcupine on Mt Nicholson Rd.

Eric Walters saw an axis deer (which are not officially part of Hong Kong`s fauna) on Middle Gap Rd.

Another puzzle are the tiny black or dark brown squirrels seen by Carol Blandford at Hebe Haven on the southern shore of the Sai Kung Peninsula in the early
`80s.which were darker than the dark brown Pallas squirrel which is native to Hong Kong and smaller than the red squirrel of Britain.


Thylacines, which looked less like tigers than like small, lithe wolves, were demonized (probably unjustly) as sheep-killers, and were hunted and ...

THE Tasmanian tiger or Tasmanian wolf (Thylacine cynocephalus) is perhaps the best known and most spectacular of relatively recently extinct ...

Rex claimed he saw a thylacine on Tuesday, February 22, 1972 at 10.15pm on the Great Western Highway, south of Blackheath. He said the creature ...

"Even if you could get over all the technical barriers and one could get a thylacine or a moa to appear … that's only part of the challenge and the cost," ...


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.


Bigfoot Spotted In Pennsylvania Park
An eyewitness was driving by the entrance to the park when he glanced to this fight and saw a large dark figure standing by a sign in the park.

World Bigfoot Radio: Jack Tessier
Duke writes "Interview with Jack Tessier, the founder of A.C.R.O., and the first cryptid conference in Australia! Jack shares some of his field expeditions ...


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.


The Gonzo Daily: Monday/Tuesday
Last night at a few minutes past nine anyone walking down Back Street in Woolsery, North Devon, would have been shocked out of their complacence by gales of maniacal laughter issuing forth from the sitting room window at #9. What could have caused it? As regular readers of these pages will probably know I have a strange, disparate, and diverse collection of friends, relatives, and associates, many of whom who are extraordinarily creative in one way or another. Meet Mr Biffo.
From 1993 for a decade he was the editor of an anarchic video games magazine on Channel Four Teletext. It was called Digitiser and contained some of the most gloriously funny bits of off the wall dicking about that I have ever read. Biffo happens to be a friend of mine and as the relaunched Digitiser2000 is just as stupid and just as funny as ever. He also contributes each week to Gonzo Weekly magazine. Now he has launched a webTV show: "Mr Biffo's Found Footage", and episode one was broadcast last night...
And here is the news:
Erik Norlander - Unearthly - Official Video
Gonzo Magazine #224
Kev meets Hibernal; the architect of a new artform, Alan goes to the London Remixed festival, John takes Rock Music into Space, Jon critiques G P Ching, and brings news from the Justified Ancients of Mu Mu, whilst Corinna is sucked into a cupboard!
Groovy huh?
It’s all free!
And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney, Friday Night Progressive, Strange Fruit, and episode four 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:
KLF, Justified Ancients of Mu Mu, John Lennon, Neil Nixon, The Rolling Stones, U2, Lemmy, Blondie, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Jeremy Smith's Seven Deadly Sins, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Eric Miller, Toshio Nakanishi, Fumio Karashima, Horace Parlan, Leon Ware, Ilene Berns, Don Markham, Tony Ashton with Jon Lord, Ian Paice, Bernie Marsden, Micky Moody, Neil Murray, John Entwhistle, Zak Starkey (Ringo’s son), Z, Gastank, Lutz Ulbrich featuring Nico, Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come, Atomic Rooster, Mary Hopkin, Kev Rowland, Hibernal, Alan Dearling, Faith i Branko, Me and My Friends, Op Sa!, Screamin' Miss Jackson, JJSoulx, Kefaya, Matuki, Ruth Theodore, Hallouminati, Mango Rescue Team, Elephant Sessions, Gypsy Hill featuring Koby Israelite, Beating Heart, Afriquoi, John Brodie-Good, Music in Space, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Martin Springett, G.P. Ching, The Beatles, Bing Crosby with The Jimmy Bowen Orchestra and Chorus
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
Issue 223 (Beatles)
Issue 222 (Cruise to the Edge)
Issue 221 (Deke Leonard)
Issue 220 (Larry Wallis)
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)
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?

NEWS FROM NOWHERE - Monday/Tuesday

ON THIS DAY IN - 1521 - Ferdinand Magellan discovered Guam. 
And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

  • 700,000-Year-Old Horse Found in Yukon Permafrost Y...
  • Fossil of a beetle inside a lizard inside a snake ...
  • 8 Mammals That Have Been Cloned Since Dolly the Sh...
  • Anyone can be backyard scientist, mole study shows...

  • 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.)