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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Friday, April 07, 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: CAT Publications meets Big Cat Sanctuary...
  • NEWSLINK: Dead tiger suspected to be 'celebrity' b...

  • NEWSLINK/EVENT: Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge S...
  • CRYPTOLINK: California Mermaid out of water? Woman found wet and nearly naked, claiming to be a mermaid

    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. 

    California Mermaid out of water? Woman found wet and nearly naked, claiming to be a mermaidCalifornia Mermaid out of water? Woman found wet and nearly naked, claiming to be a mermaid
    California police are asking for the public’s help identifying a mermaid — well, a woman claiming to be a mermaid, that is.
    Police were flabbergasted after stumbling upon a mysterious webbed feet woman wandering the streets of California with no identity and little clothes on April 4.
    Yet their shock was nothing in comparison to what they’d experience moments later.
    Upon probing the wanderer for her name, the woman’s response stunned the world: she insisted she is a “mermaid” called “Joanna,” YourCentralValley.com reports.

    Read on...


    GIRARD, Ohio (WKBN) – A group that's looking for Bigfoot drove all the way from California because they believe the creature is hiding out in Girard.


    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.


    The Gonzo Daily: Friday/Saturday
    We had a lovely evening yesterday: we went out to dinner with Dave and Jess B-B and their new puppy in their new house. A splendid time was had by all, and I am completely in love with Beaux the puppy who is an absolute darling. But don't tell Archie or Prudence. I would hate them to get jealous. Mercury is in retrograde apparently, and I have a great desire for chocolate. I have no idea whether the two are connected, and don't really care.
    And now, here is the news:
    THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Berlioz:Symphonie fant...
    ARW Live Review
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    Gonzo Magazine #228
    Graham travels to Phoenix, Arizona to meet the Space Pharoahs, a Hawkwind tribute band in a most unlikely location. And they even get raided by the cops! Meanwhile Alan is getting all arty in Vilnius, Lithuania, John goes to see Cary Grace and Mauve la Biche in darkest Somerset, Richard Freeman writes about Tura Satana, Richard Foreman about Neil Young's Jeans, Doug writes about Fleetwood Mac, Jon rants on about Krautrock, and The Man’s Daddy has a whole page of Brexit Jokes.
    Groovy huh?
    It’s all free!
    And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney, Friday Night Progressive, and Strange Fruit. 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:
    Krautock, Gorillaz, RPO, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Clem Curtis, Arthur Murray Blythe, James Dent "Jimmy" Dotson, Peter Shotton, Edward Grimes, 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, Space Pharoahs, Fleetwood Mac, Alan Dearling, Vilnius, Lithuania, John Brodie-Good, The Cary Grace Band, Mauve La Biche, Neil Young, Kev Rowland, Wingfield Reuter Stavi Sirkus, Argos, Cairo, Mr Biffo, Hawkwind, Xtul, Martin Springett, Philip Wayre
    Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
    Issue 227 (Chuck Berry)
    Issue 225-6 (The Rites of Spring)
    Issue 224 (Hibernal)
    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)
    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.

    NEWS FROM NOWHERE - Friday/Saturday

    ON THIS DAY IN - 1948 - The United Nations' World Health Organization began operations. 
    And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

  • Yellow fever killing thousands of monkeys in Brazi...
  • How chewing like a cow helped early mammals thrive...
  • Big-game jitters: Coyotes no match for wolves' hun...

  • 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.)