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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Friday, May 10, 2013

DALE DRINNON: Chinese wildman, Frontiers of Anthropology, Benny's Blogs

New at the Frontiers of Anthropology:


Dear butterfly friends,
If you enjoyed The Butterfly Isles, you may like Patrick Barkham's Guide to British Butterflies, a new butterfly identification DVD, out this month.

It is the work of TV producer and butterfly obsessive Bill Smith, who has spent two years roaming the country filming butterflies. I joined him last summer, and revisited many fantastic butterfly locations around the country.
The DVD is five hours of professionally-shot footage, with short films on all 58 mainland British species, and rare migrants too.

Watch some highlights here:
First review here:
And you can buy it here!

Many thanks and best wishes,


A bizarre bicycle race between a bear and two monkeys ended in a bloodbath after the bear toppled one of the primates from its velocipede and wolfed it down in front of a circus audience.
The incident happened at the annual 'Wild Animal Olympics' at an animal park in Shanghai and though costumed zoo staff attempted to beat the bear off the monkey with sticks, the mammal continued to attack the primate.
Campaigners claim the animal olympics is cruel and have called the animals "miserable" and victims of cruelty and abuse.


Beetle rediscovered in Denmark after 45 years


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. So after about six months of regular postings on the main bloggo Corinna took the plunge and started a 'Watcher of the Skies' blog of her own as part of the CFZ Bloggo Network.


Yesterday was not a nice one for all sorts of reasons that I shall not go into. Hopefully today will be better. The weather is reasonably mild, but damp. The leaves are coming out at a rate of knots, and trees which were bare a week ago are now sporting pale green baby leaves. But no butterflies. I have hardly seen any this year, and am beginning to get worried that the dreadful spring we had will have dealt them a crushing blow.
Completely off-topic but it amuses me, and today I need amusing
Andy Thommen remembers his friend Paolo "Scandy" Scandella
*  The Gonzo Daily is a two way process. If you have any news or want to write for us, please contact me at  jon@eclipse.co.uk. If you are an artist and want to showcase your work, or even just say hello please write to me at gonzo@cfz.org.uk. Please copy, paste and spread the word about this magazine as widely as possible. We need people to read us in order to grow, and as soon as it is viable we shall be invading more traditional magaziney areas. Join in the fun, spread the word, and maybe if we all chant loud enough we CAN stop it raining. See you tomorrow...

*  The Gonzo Daily is - as the name implies - a daily online magazine (mostly) about artists connected to the Gonzo Multimedia group of companies. But it also has other stuff as and when the editor feels like it. The same team also do a weekly newsletter called - imaginatively - The Gonzo Weekly. Find out about it at this link:
* We should probably mention here, that some of our posts are links to things we have found on the internet that we think are of interest. We are not responsible for spelling or factual errors in other people's websites. Honest guv!

*  Jon Downes, the Editor of all these ventures (and several others) is an old hippy of 53 who - together with his orange cat (who is currently on sick leave in Staffordshire) and a not very small orange kitten (who isn't) puts it all together from a converted potato shed in a tumbledown cottage deep in rural Devon which he shares with various fish, and sometimes a small Indian frog. He is ably assisted by his lovely wife Corinna, his bulldog/boxer Prudence, his elderly mother-in-law, and a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus.. did we mention the orange cats

ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

News and stories from the remoter fringes of the CFZ blogosphere...

From Nick Redfern's World of Whatever:
From CFZ Australia:

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

On this day in 1962 Marvel published Stan Lee's comic 'The Incredible Hulk' for the first time.
And now the news:
  • In accordance with an agreement with the Center fo...
  • Exotic Snakes Dumped At Little League Field - via ...
  • Hong Kong's Pink Dolphins May Be Doomed
  • Male Black Widows Flip Sexual Cannibalism
  • You Are What (and Where) You Eat: Mercury Pollutio...
  • Grey seal strands near Beachy Head
  • Where the tuna swim? Tracking tuna by satellite
  • Camera traps show wealth of wildlife in Bolivia's ...
  • New Bass Species Found in Choctawhatchee, Chipola ...

  • Stan Lee makes cameos in most Marvel comic films, here he is in The Incredible Hulk: