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, May 23, 2011

CRAPPY CRYPTO PIC CONTEST: Lars Thomas suggests...

ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

From CFZ Australia:
Is this the end of Port Maquarie's koalas?
Our top five - and it's a bit of a surprise!
Meet the Cryptozoologist: Jonathan Downes

Mildly intriguing...

HAUNTED SKIES: 1967, "Flying Tadpole" seen over Reading


OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1941 Bob Dylan was born. Also on this day but in 1953 Nell 'Little Nell' Campbell, of Rocky Horror fame, was born. Both have what you might call 'distinctive' singing voices.
And now the news:

Forget Nessie... big cat is stalking locals
Whipsnade Zoo Celebrates 80th Birthday
Request for hippo for India’s zoo
Basking shark sighted off Cumbrae

Lets be honest; if you're a regular reader of YNT then you'll probably have guessed what video the link leads to today:


Good news. Diana Lewis at
North Devon Animal Ambulance has very kindly offered to arrange for Prudence's operation (if indeed it turns out that she needs one). When I first posted the story about Prudence's cruciate ligament on Saturday, I did so purely to tell you all what was happening. Several of you (and I have already thanked you individually) offered to help pay for Prudence's treatment. After all £1,000 is a heck of a lot of money. Thank you to all of you. There is no need now but Prudence, Corinna and I are all very grateful....