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, December 14, 2011

Interview with conservation legend George Schaller

Dr George Schaller is a veteran ecologist affiliated with two conservation organizations in New York, Panthera and the Wildlife Conservation Society. Spending much of his time during the past six decades in various countries of Asia, Africa and South America, he has studied and helped protect species as diverse as the Tiger, Mountain Gorilla, Giant Panda and Tibetan Antelope. In addition, he has promoted the establishment of about 15 protected areas. His studies have been the basis for his scientific and popular writings.

Giant snakes commonly attacked modern hunter-gatherers in Philippines

Giant snakes commonly attacked modern hunter-gatherers in Philippines

Humans have an ambivalent relationship with snakes. The legless reptiles are often feared and reviled, becoming stand-ins for the Devil and movie monster characters; yet many people have grown to love snakes, raising large, even dangerous, specimens as pets. Now, new research suggests that the ecological role between snakes and humans, as well as other primates, is more nuanced than expected. After spending decades living among the Agta Negritos people in the Philippines, anthropologist Thomas Headland has found that the hunter gatherer tribes were quite commonly attacked by reticulated pythons (Python reticulatus), while the people themselves had no qualms with hunting, killing, and consuming python.

HAUNTED SKIES: Volume 4 now complete

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1967 the Silver Bridge near Point Pleasant, Michigan, USA collapsed resulting in the deaths of 46 people. The tragedy was linked to sightings of Mothman in John Keel’s book the Mothman Prophecies.

And now the news:

Elephant seal travels 18,000 miles in 11 months
The wolverines that float on snow
New dinosaur species found from museum vaults
‘Biggest’ dinosaur bones unveiled in US
First python fossil unearthed in Germany
Rare species of vulture found
Two snouts are better than one:

Here’s the trailer for the Mothman Prophecies movie:


I did just add another in the series on Chupacabras, giving more background on the subject and comments with the benefits of hindsight: http://frontiersofzoology.blogspot.com/2011/12/chupa-at-2000.html