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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Tuesday, August 09, 2011

CFZ CANADA: Canadian Coin Toss

Check it out...
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Hey dude,

I am in Cumbria at the moment, so I am away from Lever. Anyway, I was chatting to my friend's dad last night and he mentioned that in a tiny town called Kirkby Steven in East Cumbria there were a population of parrots of various species living wild. Long story short: this seems to be a Northern speciality. We went there today, and saw a blue and gold macaw, and we heard a couple of others. Anyway, the links below should be of interest to you.


This fantastic image, btw, is by Luc Viatour

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ROBERT SCHNECK: Mystery Moptop

Visayan Warty Pig or the Fifth Beatle?
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In timely confirmation of upcoming events at the 2011 Weird Weekend, I found the following story today:

LEOPARD HUNT – On Monday last a strange-looking animal having been seen in the fields near Wheathamstead, Herts, a small party went in search,supposing that it was a deer which had been scared out of Brocket-hall-park by the gloomy looks of its noble occupier. Great was their surprise at finding in a hedge a large leopard, which stole away, followed at a respectful distance by the sportsmen, who were only armed with fowling-pieces loaded with swan shot. As it was endeavouring to escape it met a labourer at work in the fields whom it attacked and dangerously wounded, but his life was saved by a mastiff fastening on the leopard, and enabling Mr Norman Thrale to approach within a few yards, and disable it with a discharge of swan shot. It was shortly afterwards destroyed, and was found to weigh 14 stone. It had breakfasted off a dog, whose head was found. It is not known where the beast had escaped from. (1)

The Blackburn Standard June 8th 1836.

QUERY: Does anyone know about a “phobia of butterflies” I have recently come across and if so, please can they tell me more?
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We were recently donated a parcel of trailcam accesories by a generous American donor who has opted to remain anonymous. It is very kind of him and we are most grateful. However, this morning I received a curt note from HM Customs and Excise telling us that we owe £48 import duty on them.

At the CFZ we are a patriotic bunch and never hesitate to do our bit, but if you are some sort of anarchist pinko scumbag who shies away from supporting a series of pointless wars across the Middle East, please make sure that any parcels you send us are marked "Unsolicited Gift" and have a declared monetary value of no more than forty quid.

You know it makes sense.
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HAUNTED SKIES: A strange day for all of us!


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OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

Yesterday’s News Today

On this day in 1932 Rin Tin Tin died.
And now the news:

Protecting the Galapagos Islands' wildlife
Australia stranded baby whale towed back into the ...
Indonesian wildlife smuggler arrested - again
Marine wildlife survey discovers feeding frenzy of...
Baby Mountain Gorilla from Virunga National Park r...
The Worcestershire field filled with a million cri...
Moscow's wild dogs ride subways to city centre in ...
New species of frogs found in Western Ghats
Deer crashes aquarium's seal tank

I was going to post a clip of 'Serge the Seal of Death' from the fantastic 'Arrgh its the Mr Hell Show' starring Bob Monkhouse but I couldn't find one suitable for a family audience, so here's another clip from the show that is suitable for general bloggo broadcast:
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CFZ NEW ZEALAND: Three new species discovered

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