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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, June 12, 2013

Thylacine Display - Ballarat Wildlife Park May 2013

A word about cryptolinks: we are not responsible for the content of cryptolinks, which are merely links to outside articles that we think are interesting, (sometimes for the wrong reasons) usually posted up without any comment whatsoever from me.

Thylacine Display - Ballarat Wildlife Park May 2013

http://www.zoochat.com/1074/thylacine-display-ballarat-wildlife-park-may-323632/

KARL SHUKER: CRYPTOZOOLOGY IN THE VATICAN



Karl Shuker peruses some pictures of fascinating but still-unidentified creatures from a 15th-Century manuscript in the Vatican library.

Read on...

FORTEAN BIRD NEWS FROM THE WATCHER OF THE SKIES

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.



The last Thylacine


Thylacine from shinylisa on Vimeo.

This video and performance work repeats the last movements of the last Thylacine in the short footage taken at Beaumaris Zoo in 1931. The sadness of the forlorne figure with a projected series of images made in the Tarkine expresses the hope that there may still be wild Tylacines left in Australia. Further the sheer tired hopelessness of a lonely creature in stifling conditions of the zoo cage, dreaming of some different kind of wild.
The work is short, 5" and looped and intended to be projected with an installation of a series of soft, inflatable sculptures constructed within the environment.
see the website lisaanderson.com for details.

DALE DRINNON: Ancient Greek Sea Serpents, Frontiers of Anthropology, Benny's Blogs

New at the Frontiers of Zoology:

THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN ONCE MET A BUSTARD

I'm out of action for most of today - my annual diabetic once over, during which they tell me not to drink or smoke, and I nod like a good boy. I actually do try to keep my blood pressure and sugar down, but it isn't at all easy. Nevertheless I will be glad when it is all over...
 
 
 
 
 
 
*  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:
http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/11/all-gonzo-news-wots-fit-to-print.html
 
* 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 two very small kittens (one of whom is also orange) 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 cat?

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


Yesterday’s News Today

http://cryptozoologynews.blogspot.com/

On this day in 1939 shooting began on the first colour horror film, Dr Cyclops.

I told you yesterday there'd be big pokemon news and it didn't disappoint, did it? A dragon/flying type pokemon based on the Kongomatto and a new pokemon type based on fairies.

And now the news:





The special effects on Dr Cyclops are actually rather convincing for its time. Here's the trailer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlSqylxm3jo