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, October 08, 2018


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. 

According to stunned locals, the beast is suspected to be the legendary lake monster known as Ogopogo, or Canada's Loch Ness monster.

Mysterious beast dubbed 'Ogopogo' or Canada's Loch Ness monster is
Canada's very own Loch Ness monster reared its large head in Lake Okanagan this month, making it the first time that it's been seen in several …

Canada's Loch Ness Monster, the legendary Ogopogo lake monster, caught on video
Until this month, it had been years since anybody claimed to have seen the legendary Ogopogo — Canada's version of the Loch Ness monster.


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: South American jaguar are losing critica...
  • NEWSLINK: Gujarat lion deaths: Congress leader Ahm...
  • ARTICLE: If big cats existed in Dorset there would...
  • VIDEO: Large lion pride strolls past man's car

  • NEWSLINK: World's first test tube lion cubs are 'h...

    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: Monday/Tuesday
    This is going to mightily annoy dear Richard, and quite possibly some other people I won't mention, but I really enjoyed the first episode of the new Doctor Who last night. It was cinematically gorgeous and Jodie Wassname was excellent. But it has to be said that I was never one of the people who had apoplexy over the thought that the latest Doctor might be a woman. After all the Doctor has two hearts; why shouldn't they have two x-chromosomes?
    I still want someone who knows about marketing to come on board with the CFZ. I have the financial acumen of a small newt and find finance really rather vulgar, so would be incredibly happy if someone else came on board to do it. There may also be room for someone else to work on OTT as a Production Assistant if anyone is interested. I would very much like to become the acceptable face of alternative capitalism, if only so I can send rude and threatening letters to myself, so please get in touch.
    Corinna is still largely pain free, and being pretty damn magnificent. Thank you to all of you who keep on praying for us. Please continue to keep us in your thoughts and prayers. I am convinced that the barrage of love and blessings you have sent us so far has borne remarkable results. And being at the receiving end of such a torrent of positive vibes is a truly wonderful and humbling experience.
    Meanwhile I continue to pretend that I am a popstar, because now I have sold eight whole copies of my new album Coldharbour. If I continue at this rate I will get a silver disc sometime at the beginning of the next millenium. Coldharbour, by the way, can be found here: https://jondownes1.bandcamp.com/releases
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    Gonzo Weekly #305-6

    In another fantastically fab issue, Kev and Jon bid a fond farewell to Maartin Allcock, Graham has a shufti at the reactions to the new Hawkwind album, Alan looks at art from beach litter, and conducts a Listening Post with Kyle Mew, Jeremy checks out Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets, John goes to see David Crosby, and Jon burbles on about Erich Kastner, Michael Moorcock and Bojack Horseman.
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    And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney, Canterbury sans Frontieres AND Friday Night Progressive, AND there is a columns from Kev Rowlands, Neil Nixon, C J Stone, AND Roy Weard AND Mr Biffo but the irrepressible Corinna is on hiatus. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and red kangaroos who've lost their shoes (OK, nothing to do with the largest extant macropods who are in a quandry with regards their footwear, 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!!!
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    Issue 305-6 (Maartin Allcock)
    Issue 303-4 (kOZFEST)https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-303-4.html
    Issue 301-2 (Ringo Starr)https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-301-2.html
    Issue 299-300 (Aretha Franklin)https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-299-30.html
    Issue 298 (Alan in Hungary)http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo297.html
    Issue 297 (Shir Ordo)http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo297.html
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    Issue 292 (Rolling Stones)http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo292.html
    Issue 291 (Alien Weaponry)http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo291.html
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    Issue 289 (Misty in Roots)http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo289.html
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    Issue 280 (Steve Andrews)
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    NEWS FROM NOWHERE: Monday/Tuesday

    ON THIS DAY IN -  1945 - U.S. President Truman announced that only Britain and Canada would be given the secret to the atomic bomb. 
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