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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Sunday, July 14, 2013


Typhochlaena costae, new to nature
Hi John,

I recently read a piece about your encounter with Werewolves over on Nick Redferns mysterious universe blog and though this is completely unrelated, it reminded me of you so here ya go, check out this lil beauty!

CRYPTOZOOLOGY: Chinese Yeren paper


THOSE WE HAVE LOST: Toshi Seeger (1922-2013)


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.

DALE DRINNON: Loch Ness Monster, plesiosaur necks, Benny's Blogs

New at the Frontiers of Zoology:


It's Sunday, one of my favourite times,
'cos I get to write some dreadful rhymes
indulging in verbal prestidigitations
and doing the Gonzo blog notifications
I've been away for the last three days
and I spent last night in a pleasant haze
but it was too damn hot to go to bed
so I slept downstairs in a chair instead
But because I'm cool and hip
after only three hours kip
to write my weekly Gonzo verse
(believe me guys it could be worse)
Now I should explain before you ask
or even worse take me to task
I don't write these verses for the money
I do them cos I find them funny
So let's start off with a groovy scene
the latest Gonzo Magazine
has been dispatched to all and sundry
at 10:00 am on a sunny Sunday
And after a long and busy life
we say goodbye to Pete Seeger's wife
his companion of some seventy years
I really have to fight back the tears
And now let's go to Austin, Texas
for some poetry that's infectious
if you think hard I'm sure you'll know it
yup, it's our Thom the World Poet
And now exclusive Hawkwind pix
from Davey Curtis who gets his kicks
photographing the band at Holmfirth
(If he had a list it would be worth)

And now a songstrel more than fine
her sister Rachel's a friend of mine
Eliza Carthy is the best
traditional folkie in the West
And lastly some Steve Hillage news
a bunch called Zoiks Online enthuse
about his Gonzo live CD
and the groovy bonus DVD
Thats's enough from me this Sunday
I hope that you all have a fun day
and that my rhymes didn't make you weep,
but their not bad after brandy and three hours' sleep

*  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 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. 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 is away, so for todayYesterday's News Today is done by Wally the Comedy Rhinoceros. He is a stand up comedian of some renown. Here is one of his rhino-related jokes.

Q: How many rhonoceroses are there over there?

A: Three

Ha Ha that was funny. Sidesplitting. Yes. Ha! Now for the news...

  • Pig chomps chunk from man's leg
  • Three Open Access Journals. Where you Can Download...
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  • The National Marine Fisheries Service and the U.S....
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  • Rhino gets skin graft in effort to heal poaching i...
  • 19 Racing Turtle Sidelined in New Berlin - via Her...
  • How the attempt to sequence “Bigfoot’s genome” wen...

    And now for a happy tune that you can whistle while you work: