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 31, 2018


Dear Friends,

For those of you not in the know, at the beginning of each month we send out a newsletter to all members of the CFZ. The most recent (which went out earlier this afternoon) included articles on OTT, a dolphin in the Thames, the Capcom crypto compy, a mysterious carcass, an exploding ostrich egg fatality, mystery maggots or rats, unseasonable frogspawn, CFZ in the news, yeti hair controversy, BHM Study Group, Ronan, Patreon, a new book on vampires, Notes and Queries etc.

The infrastructure of the Centre for Fortean Zoology has changed rapidly over the last few years and truthfully doesn’t look like its going to stop changing anytime soon.

The newsletter costs a quid a month (or the equivalent in your currency) and is delivered straight into your inbox by a plethora of tiny invisible elves, or email if your prefer it that way. You can sign up for it here: http://tinyurl.com/jtsq7ew

If you want to view a sample issue click here: http://tinyurl.com/pw7rw9l


Cryptids are animal creatures which may or may not be real. Well-known examples include bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster. According to Twinfinite, Capcom has partnered with Jon Downes of The Centre of Fortean Zoology to judge the entrants. Downes and his team of cryptozoologists will analyze ...
Can YOU find proof of Loch Ness Monster? Monster hunters offered £50000 reward
MONSTER hunters are being offered the chance to land a £50000 reward if they can find comprehensive evidence for the existence of ten famous global beasts, including the Loch Ness Monster and Big Foot....
To mark the launch of its new video game, Monster Hunter: World, Capcom has enlisted real-life monster hunter and Cryptozoologist, Jon Downes to help select the top 10 monsters and analyse the evidence as it comes in. Mr Downes, Director of The Centre for Fortean Zoology - the world's largest ...
While you might be excited to dive head first into Monster Hunter: World to hunt mighty beasts, there are beasts to hunt in the real world as well. Bigfoot, the Loch Ness monster, mermaids, Chupacabras - legends say they're all waiting to be discovered, and now Capcom has chosen to promote their ...
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Can YOU find proof of Loch Ness Monster? Monster hunters offered £50000 reward
Monster hunters offered £50,000 reward. COPY CODE SNIPPET. MONSTER hunters are being offered the chance to land a £50,000 reward if they can find comprehensive evidence for the existence of ten famous global beasts, including the Loch Ness Monster and Big Foot. Daily Express :: Weird Feed.

Capcom is going all-out to celebrate the release of their latest title, Monster Hunter: World. The video game developer is offering a major cash prize to anyone who can prove the existence of monsters. Ten monsters qualify for the deal, including Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, and the Chupacabra.
THE Loch Ness Monster, Yeti and Bigfoot are creations of legend and myth but a real-life monster hunter has partnered with Capcom to uncover concre... 
Hopeful monster hunters all across the globe have until June 30, 2018, to collect a staggering £50,000 bounty for genuine evidence of the world's most talked about beasts. The bounty was put up by veteran games developer Capcom to celebrate the release of its latest title Monster Hunter: World.
Cryptids are animal creatures which may or may not be real. Well-known examples include bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster. According to Twinfinite, Capcom has partnered with Jon Downes of The Centre of Fortean Zoology to judge the entrants. Downes and his team of cryptozoologists will analyze ...
The monsters included in the bounty program are only 10, namely the Bigfoot, the Chupacabra, the Cornish Owl Man, Earth Hounds, Mermaids, the Mongolian Death Worm, the Namibian Flying Snake, Scottish Lake monsters such as Nessie, the Yeti/Almasty, and the Yowie. Downes will be tasked with ... 
To mark the launch of its latest game Monster Hunter: World, Capcom, is offering real-life monster hunters a huge £50,000 reward to find comprehensive evidence for the existence of ten famous global beasts, including the Loch Ness Monster and Big Foot. Many of the monsters, some of which have not ...
MONSTER hunters are being offered the chance to land a £50,000 reward if they can find comprehensive evidence for the existence of ten famous global beasts, including the Loch Ness Monster and Big Foot. By Michael Knowles. PUBLISHED: 00:01, Tue, Jan 30, 2018 | UPDATED: 09:53, Tue, Jan 30, ...
In an odd effort to promote the launch of their already successful Monster Hunter World, Capcom has revealed that they're offering £50,000 to anyone who can offer evidence of real-world monsters such as Loch Ness and Big Foot. Capcom will be looking for evidence of ten famous real-world monsters, ...
According to a recent announcement by the company, Capcom has enlisted real-life monster hunter and Cryptozoologist Jon Downes to help select the top 10 monsters (including Big Foot and the Loch Ness Monster) and analyst any evidence as it comes in. Budding hunters have until June 30, 2018 to ...
Capcom has announced a $50,000 bounty for any concrete information relating to any of 10 real-world monsters rumored to exist -- everything from Bigfoot to the Loch Ness monster. Why? Because it's just launched Monster Hunter World on Xbox One and PS4 and it wants people talking about it, that's ...
Bigfoot (also known as Sasquatch) is a monster from American folklore; supposedly an ape-like animal, usually walking on its hind legs that inhabits forests, especially those of the Pacific Northwest. There have been a number of films taken which are alleged to be of these creatures, but opinions on their ... 


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.

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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.

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    The Gonzo Daily: Wednesday
    George from the Pink Fairies has died, and all of us at Gonzo send our love and blessings to his family and friends. He was a true original. I only met him once but he made a huge impression on me, and I am sad to realise that I will not meet him again this side of the rock and roll after party.
    I returned from London late yesterday, acutely aware that I had been more than secretive about it all.
    OK now I can talk about it. I am sorry that I couldn't before, but there was an embargo until yesterday (although several newspapers broke the embargo). Most of what the newspapers say is true. Some isn't. but that's life:
    1. CAPCOM, the video games company have launched a competition to find evidence for the existence of a list often cryptids. There is a 50 grand reward. I have been asked to adjudicate this competition, and pronounce a winner at the end of June. Evidence has already started coming in, although I have not seen it yet.
    2. The £50,000 is NOT mine. I do not have such money, and truthfully I never have. If I did have access to sums like that I would fix my roof. I am dedicated to cryptozoology but not THAT dedicated.
    3. I have been in London for the past few days with Graham pushing me around the "Teeming Metropolis" in my wheelchair. I conducted a whole string of radio shows about the CAPCOM compy. And in the meantime I also plugged the CFZ, and OTT.
    4. A few weeks ago. Graham, Charlotte and I took a party of journalists, and CAPCOM executives out to a location where a whole string of sightings of what appear to be a big cat have been made.  We instructed them in the royal and ancient art of collecting hair samples, and setting out sand traps. Much to our great pleasure an interesting skeleton was found.
    5. The skeleton is of a large and elderly sheep, and presents some interesting points:
       a. There are no knife or hatchet marks on the bones and o signs that it was butchered
       b. The front of the muzzle is damaged, suggesting that the assailant may have clamped its jaws over the muzzle of the            sheep to subdue it by suffocation. This is something that is habitually done by various felids.
       c. The sheep was too big to have been carried by a fox
       d. The bones are too intact to have been predated by a badger
       e. If the killing had been by a dog, the animal would have  ben torn apart in situ, and there are no sheep for       a       considerable distance
       f. The investigation is ongoing.
    Forgive me for always banging on about our webTV show, but it matters a lot to me, and I would be grateful for as many people as possible to see it, and spread the tidings of it far and wide:
    And if you fancy supporting us on Patreon:
    But for now, here is the news:
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY:  Pink Fairies. the sna...
    Gonzo Weekly #271
    Gonzo Grande Fromage Rob Ayling talks frankly about his friendship with Fall leader Mark E. Smith who died this week, Alan concludes his surrealistic exposition featuring Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, Nico and Alice Cooper amongst others, Neil explains all about Sharon Tandy, and Graham brings us up to date with Hawkwind as well as going into the studio with The Space Pharaohs Arizona’s leading Hawkwind tribute band. And meanwhile, Jn talks about the end of the world!
    Hail Eris!
    And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, AND Friday Night Progressive, but Mack Maloney is absent this week due to problems beyond our control. The columns from all sorts of folk including Neil Nixon, Roy Weard, C J Stone, Mr Biffo are on hiatus this week, but we do have the irrepressible Corinna. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and southern dibblers who have gone for a snooze (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have probably got hangovers and have decided to have a little rest, 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:
    Paul McCartney, Jack White, Erykah Badu, Elton John, Neil Diamond, Rod Stewart,Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Hugh Ramopolo Masekela, Preston Shannon, Terry Evans, Mario Guccio, James Walter Rodford, Derrick Coleman, Naomi Parker, Lari White Cannon, Ursula Kroeber Le Guin, Jeremy Inkel, Mark Edward Smith, Barbara Dickson, Jessica Lee Morgan, Rick Wakeman, Billion Dollar Babies, Tangerine Dream, Rob Ayling, Alan Dearling, Gala Dali, Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, Jeff Fenholt, Sharon Tandy, Kev Rowland, Eigensinn, Empire, Engst, Enslaved, Entheos, Gnaw, Hangman, The Fright, In Search of Sun, In-Defilade, Hawkwind, Space Pharaohs, Metallica, Jimi Hendrix, Beatles, The Who, ELO, Pink Floyd, Neil Nixon, Bill Fay
    And the last few issues are:
    Issue 270 (Eric Clapton)
    Issue 269 (Narnia)
    Issue 267-8 (Happy New Year)
    Issue 265-6 (The Who)
    Issue 264 (John McLaughlin)
    Issue 263 (The magic Band)
    Issue 262 (DikMik)
    Issue 261 (Leonard Cohen)
    Issue 260 (Amsterdam Squat Festie)
    Issue 259 (Out come thee Freaks)
    Issue 258 (The Devil's Jukebox)
    Issue 257 (Judge Smith)
    Issue 255/6 (John Lennon)
    Issue 254 (Mr Biffo)
    Issue 253 (Dana Gillespie)
    Issue 252 (Cropredy)
    Issue 251 (Scott Walker)
    Issue 250 (Jamms)
    Issue 249 (Bill Bruford)
    Issue 248 (The Selecter)
    Issue 247 (Don Airey)
    Issue 246 (Steve Hackett)
    Issue 244-5 (Summer Special)
    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 58 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: Wednesday

    ON THIS DAY IN - 1606 - Guy Fawkes was executed after being convicted for his role in the "Gunpowder Plot" against the English Parliament and King James I. 
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  • 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).