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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Saturday, January 29, 2011


Once again Mike and Rebecca of CFZ Australia have surpassed themselves:

  • VIC Govt stays true to big cat investigation promi...
  • Tourists lunch with big cats in Oz
  • Weird Weekend 2011
  • Field research: How to collect samples
  • 'Roos run horses off the track in Victoria
  • New discovery - TWO types of Asia's clouded leopar...
  • 'Ark' to save the Tasmanian Devil
  • Brush-tailed rock wallaby sanctuary saving species...
  • Brush turkey cleans up in Qld floods
  • Uncertainty over 'Tassie Tiger' pelt
  • HELP - Animals struggle in Queensland floods
  • Extinct Bornean Bay Cat 'caught' in the wild
  • From the archives: The Northam Monster (1935)
  • Buy Jennifer Parkhurst's new Fraser Island dingo b...
  • Australia's nasty secret - the species we torture
  • Thousands of fish die at Sydney airport
  • Dead fish wash up on NZ beach
  • Aussie discovers Vampire Flying Frog
  • Backyard bird mystery solved
  • CFZers on Australia's A Current Affair TV show
  • Big cats make the 'wacky news' for 2010
  • Name that bird - backyard visitors
  • From the archives: The Case of the Euroa Bunyip (1...
  • Will the Night Parrot come in from the cold in 201...
  • In search of ghost birds...

    The other day I was in the Local Studies library in Stockport when I came across 5 volumes of the Stockport Advertiser Notes and Queries dating from 1881-1882. There were a number of what would now be called classic Forteana including such gems as the following:

    DRAGON`S LAKE – There is a lake* in the neighbourhood of Moston Green, near Warmingham, called Dragon`s Lake. Can anyone inform me as to the meaning of its name? Middlewich L.P

    This word is actually spelt `lane` which is either a misprint or it really was a lane, which is still interesting.

    A HORNED WOMAN – In Dr. Leighs Natural History of Lancashire, Cheshire, and the Peak of Derbyshire (1700), I believe there is a portrait and descriptive account of one Mary Davies taken in 1688, at the age of 72. This woman is said to have had two full-grown horns upon her head, and to have cast them; that others grew and were cast and so on in regular succession for four or five years. The first formation is said to have commenced when the woman was 23 (?) years old. Would any reader of your Notes and Queries, having access to the above work, kindly supply further particulars of this natural curiosity or state where a copy may be seen. E.ABBOTT.



    This was sent to Gavin Lloyd Wilson, who forwrded it to me, writing 'Not one for the News Blog, I feel...' Once again: Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm

    DAVE SADLER: New issue of Phenomena magazine

    Hi all,

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    We are pleased to announce the publication launch of Basic and Applied Herpetology, a continuation of the Revista Española de Herpetología, the journal of the Spanish Herpetological Society that has been publishedyearly since 1986. Basic and Applied Herpetology (B&AH) is a peer-reviewed scientific journal that publishes original research papers, reviews and short notes, dealing with any aspect of amphibians and reptile biology worldwide.

    In response to the demands of the herpetological community worldwide, the Spanish Herpetological Society wish to create a fast publication for a broader audience. Although articles in Spanish are welcome, the new editorial board wish to open the journal to a wider public, giving priority to manuscripts written in English. Moreover, to make the decimation of scientific data as fast as possible, editorial decisions regarding manuscripts submitted to B&AH will be communicated within 90 days. Shortly after acceptance and galley proof correction, a PDF version of the paper will be available online in the journal website.

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    OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


    On this day in 1826 the Menai Suspension Bridge or Pont Grog y Borth was opened. Now some might say “So what? It's only a bridge! Why's that important, or even of Fortean significance?” These people are commonly known as idiots, for it is actually quite an interesting bridge. For starters, it was the first modern suspension bridge ever built; for seconders (is that a word?), it is mentioned in Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There, and for thirders (OK, that is definitely not a word as the red wiggly line of the spell-check has appeared under it); the bridge's structure includes some rather beautiful but rarely seen dragon statues as seen in some author photographs of Richard Freeman.
    And now, the news:

    Royal Bengal Tigers Get GPS Treatment, New Plans t...
    'Godzilla-like creature' nabbed in Calif. town
    5-foot Monitor Lizard, 'Godzilla-Like Creature,' F...
    Ex-policeman in 'big cat' sighting

    My plundering of the Simon's Cat website for vaguely related vids continues: