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, June 06, 2018


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.


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.

Bird watchers special efforts to save endangered g...


The Gonzo Daily: Wednesday
I have been quite productive these past few days and am more than slightly smug about it. The new issue of Animals & Men is free to read via the CFZ website and both sets of blogs, and I have done the first proof of Lars' book on the mystery beasts of Scandinavia and the Baltic states...
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Gonzo Weekly #289
We continue to trawl the counterculture with this Jah Wonderful issue  of Gonzo Weekly featuring Alan on Misty in Roots, Doug on the Dixie Dregs, Jon on Political biopics, John on Ryley Walker, C J Stone on Chaos Magic, Graham on Hawkwind and Richard on Bob Weir and we have lots more besides...
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And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, AND Mack Maloney, AND Friday Night Progressive, there are columns from all sorts of folk including Neil Nixon, and Roy Weard, and C J Stone, and Mr Biffo and Kev Rowlands AND the irrepressible Corinna . There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and tiger quolls who are havinga little snooze (OK, nothing to do with small dasyurids who are a little sleepy, 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:
Jeremy Thorpe, Dave Bainbridge & Sally Minnear, Brand X, John Lennon, Michael Jackson, Carl Palmer, Gorillaz, Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, Elton John, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Canterbury sans Frontieres, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Stewart Lupton, Andy MacQueen, Tsehaytu Beraki, Phillip Ernest Emmanuel, J├╝rgen Marcus, Eyio Di Marzo, Josh Martin, Alan LaVern Bean, Eliza Carthy, Kate Rusby, Rick Wakeman, Paice, Ashton & Lord, The Mitchell Trio, Doug Harr, Dixie Dregs, Alan Dearling, Misty in Roots, Richard Foreman, Bob Weir, John Brodie-Good, Ryley Walker, Kev Rowland, Melanie Mau & Martin Schnella, Mike Lepond's Silent Assassins, Necropanther, Rick Springfield, Ring of Gyges, Sainted Sinners, Scumpulse, Chris Stone, Chaos Magic, Hawkwind, The Wild Colonial Boy, Martin Springett, Elvis, Beatles, Britney Spears,
Janis Joplin
And the last few issues are:
Issue 288 (Paula Frazer)
Issue 287 (Boss Goodman)
Issue 286 (Monty Python)
Issue 285 (ELP)
Issue 284 (Straqngelove)
Issue 283 (Record Store Day)
Issue 282 (Neil Finn and Fleetwood Mac)
Issue 281 (Carl Palmer)
Issue 280 (Steve Andrews)
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* 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?

MUIRHEAD`S MYSTERIES: A hairy snake in the U.S.A and other hairy freaks

Hi y`all

I came across these stories trawling the Net the other day for cryptozoology gems and I wasn`t disappointed!

This story is from the Evansville Courier and Press, a newspaper of Indiana on April 2nd 1891:


The Remarkable reptile seen by a sober Wisconsin man

" Snake stories grow alarmingly scarce of later years, but a correspondent of Nature`s Realm relieves the dearth somewhat by telling one  which has never been printed before but which ought to have been told just after the (Civil? - R) war.The correspondent says " In the fall of 1869 I was in La Crosse, Wis,and having some business in La Crescent, on the Minnesota side of the Mississippi I crossed the river in a ferry boat. There is,or was, an arm of the river on the Minnesota side called, in western parlance, a `slew`. Over this there is a bridge; on going over it i saw a snake coiled on a `butt`  that had been sawed off a tree of about two feet in diameter, and it was floating in the water.The snake was so different from any animal of the kind I had ever before seen that I gazed at it for fully five minutes...it was red and more extraordinary still .it was exactly like a red cow`s tail. the hair on it was fully an inch long and as thick as that growing on a cow`s tail. Having no means of capturing the snake I determined to make it show itself, and flung a piece of stick at it awoke at the splash in the water,uncoiled itself and dived into the slough it was certainly six feet long or more.."

From the Punjab as reported in the 1910 edition of Folk-Lore :" Tir mar or ghore dangan,udna,or jatal is said to be a hairy snake see Panjab Folklore Notes page 216.

This here is from the Kalamazoo Gazette of Aug 5th 1911.(Sorry about the poor editing)


Finally, here is a blog on some hairy Patagonian snakes http://patagoniamonsters.blogspot.com/2009/12/hairy-snake.html

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A man was shocked to find CCTV footage of a mysterious animal walking across his driveway around 2am.
The image shows the animal, which has four legs and a long tail that extends backwards and meets the ground.
The tail is what makes this creature difficult to identify, as the body of the animal resembles a dog-like creature.
The unknown creature was spotted walking across the man's driveway at 2am
The unknown creature was spotted walking across the man's driveway at 2am
The man posted the image to Imgur, asking members of the website if they knew what it could be.
Some people commented on the image, stating they believe the animal to be a Chupacabra.
A Chupacabra is a legendary folklore creature originating in Latin America.
Others believed it was a Tasmanian Tiger, otherwise known as a Thylacine, an animal that has been extinct for over 80 years.  

Animals & Men #64/5

2.   Contents
3.   Faculty
4.   Editorial
8.   A Legal Matter
9.   In Memoriam
11.  Newsfile: New and Rediscovered
26.  Newsfile: Blue Dogs
28.  Newsfile: Man beasts
30.  Newsfile: Mystery cats
34.  Newsfile: Aquatic monsters
27.  CARL MARSHALL'S STRANGE SCIENCE: 21st Century Sea Serpents
70.  Watcher of the Skies by Corinna Downes
84.  Memories of the Megalodon: A Look at Giant Shark Reports by Colin Schneider
89.  Weird Weekend North 2
93.  Mermaidsin the Dutch Tradition by Loes Modderman
113. Duties for regional representatives a discussion document
114. Letters to the Editor
118. Reviews


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