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, April 24, 2017


Video footage released last year purporting to show a Tasmanian tiger, or thylacine, roaming the Adelaide Hills was released to a mixture of ...

A group of researchers took part in the Thylacine Cloning Project at the Australian Museum. The team collected tissue samples from a female ...

The Tasmanian tiger, also called Tasmanian wolf and thylacine, was neither a tiger nor a wolf, but a marsupial, and closely related to the Tasmanian ...

Not to be confused with the Tasmanian devil, the Tasmanian tiger or thylacine once occupied most of Australia with a small isolated population ...

Waters says he was stalked by a thylacine for about half an hour, while taking his dog for a walk through the bush. He said that, at one stage, he was at ...

The thylacine, aka Tasmanian tiger, was thought to go extinct in 1936. However, a research team at Australia's James Cook University has hope that ...

CRYPTOLINK: Bigfoot, Tasmanian tigers and night parrots: Searching for the mythical or mysterious

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. 

Bigfoot, Tasmanian tigers and night parrots: Searching for the mythical or mysterious
It's remarkable how little we know about Earth. How many species do we share this planet with? We don't know, but estimates vary from millions to a ...


The Gonzo Daily: Monday/Tuesday
And so, after a gap of a quarter of a century Roger Waters is releasing an album of new material. Yes, I know about his opera in French some years back, and the odds and sods of new songs that have appeared over the years, so I should probably have said "his first album of new rock and roll material" for a quarter of a century. Yesterday his people released a teaser track called 'Smell the Roses' and................um it's OK.
The trouble with our Rog is that one has such high hopes for him, that whatever he does, his legend casts such a long shadow, he will never live up to the reality of it. I remember when 'Amused to Death' came out. It was an OK album, but it fell so far short of my expectations that I quite unfairly maligned it. So I am prepared to be disappointed when the record itself comes out in June.
No, damn it. 'Smell the Roses' is growing on me, and I am sure the album will be the new 'Dark Side of the Wall' or 'Wish you were Wassname' or whatever. Oh, and congratulations to Max on his new job. I never tell him to his face but I am very proud of him.
And now, here is the news:
THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: David Peel - Up Agains...
Gonzo Magazine #231
And so, in this especially poignant issue, we say goodbye to Allan Holdsworth, explore the wilder side of Balkan street art with Alan, muse about Auld Man's Baccie, discover why The Grateful Dead did NOT sponsor the Lithuanian Basketball Team, we go to Dreadzone with John, and read books about The Beatles, The Bay City Rollers, and Brian Jones.
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:
Auld Man's Baccie, Prince, Ann Wilson, Dean Wetter, Heart, Radiohead, David Bowie, V&A, Yes, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Allan Holdsworthy, Sylvia Rose Moy, Bruce Langhorne, Barry ‘Frosty’ Smith, Pat 'Fitzy' Fitzpatrick, Cuba Gooding Sr., Emmie Beckitt and Rick Wakeman, Supertramp, Ashton, Gardner and Dyke, Al Atkins, Arthur Brown, Atomic Rooster, Mary Hopkin, Alan Dearling, Lithuania, John Brodie-Good, Dreadzone, Kev  Rowland, Soniq Theater, The Hollowmen, Overkill, Mr. Biffo, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Olivia McCarthy, Martin Springett, Bay City Rollers, The Beatles, Brian Jones, Woodstock, Fender, Gwen Steffani, Neil Nixon, Culturcide
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
Issue 230 (Allan Holdsworth)
Issue 229 (Larry Wallis)
Issue 228 (Space Pharoahs)
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.
* 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?


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.

  • ARTICLE: Counting the Tiger, Correctly: Will the G...
  • VIDEO: Stunning Rare Footage Reveals Elusive Snow ...

    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.


    Any Bigfoot Would Go For This Bait! OR Any Bigfooter!
    Bigfoot Evidence. World's Only 24/7 Bigfoot News Blog: Encouraging readers to draw their own conclusions from the evidence and arguments.

    Bigfoot Hands: What We Can Learn From Castings
    Bigfoot Hands: What We Can Learn From Castings. Upon occasion, I work with researchers whose time in the field and worldwide range impress the ...

    Is This Bigfoot Caught On Tape? (Video)
    Fake ass fuck stupid ass who well believe that was Bigfoot really seriously no body well not believe that this was real and if you do you are a dumb ass ...

    Bigfoot Hunter Gets Creative With Camera Placement, and it HAS to Work!
    He has rigged a game trail camera where it is suspended in mid-air, and angled at a specific spot he is luring the bigfoot to. Will it work?

    NEWS FROM NOWHERE - Monday/Tuesday

    ON THIS DAY IN - 1519 - Envoys of Montezuma II attended the first Easter mass in Central America. 
    And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

  • Gut bacteria affect ageing
  • New many-toothed clingfish discovered with help of...
  • No Ant Left Behind: Ants will rescue wounded colon...
  • Earth Optimism: A Vanishing Species Reappears (Rob...
  • The oldest known dinosaur relative looks a lot lik...

  • 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.)