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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Monday, March 02, 2015


I have been terribly remiss in ignoring the CFZ Publishing Hit Parade for the past three months. Whilst February's results haven't yet been calculated here are December and January. The monthly bestseller lists are moving over to the new blog on the CFZ Publishing website, together with other book-related news.. One thing of interest is that January 2015 saw the first month that ebooks were included in the rankings.

December 2014
January 2015


Bigfoot? You decide: Did a photographer catch the creature on camera?
Did this photographer catch Bigfoot on camera? This video was taken in American Fork Canyon located in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah.

Live interview with Harlan "Bigfoot" Hatcher
GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) - Swamp People fan favorite Harlan "Bigfoot" Hatcher joined Tom Zalaski and Erin Davisson to talk about the Wisconsin ...

1946, Leaf River, Illinois: Fisherman Interrupted by Bathing Bigfoot
He never told anyone about the bathing Bigfoot, though he did write it down in the front of his family bible. The story was found after Griffin's death by ...

Tonight at Bigfoot West we welcome the dirty blues from that guy they call Princess Frank!
Tonight at Bigfoot West we welcome the dirty blues from that guy they call Princess Frank! Starting at 10PM and no cover. Just whiskey and good times 

New Footage: Indiana Ridge Bigfoot Footage
Could this be a Bigfoot? Bigfoot - Believers Only, admin, Adam Bird just released an enhancement of what some people are saying to be a Bigfoot

The Hoopa Project: Bigfoot Encounters in California book download
May 20, 2006 – David Paulides, a former police investigator, has applied his skills to questioning Bigfoot witnesses. “It's hard to describe what During

Oldest Known Bigfoot Footage
The footage, taken by Gary Bouvier's father during a Boys scout survival camping trip in 1962, is the earliest Bigfoot footage known to exist. Mr Bouvier

Bigfoot Video: Sighting In American Fork Canyon Had Man 'Absolutely Terrified' Of Sasquatch
A new Bigfoot video released by The Paranormal Review is interesting because it provides a full breakdown of the Bigfoot sighting. Unfortunately, the ...

The Myakka Bigfoot print
The Myakka Bigfoot print. This is the print that is getting all the buzz. It has toes and is 15" long. Stacey Brown casted it. I want to see how that turned

New Video Footage: Indiana Ridge Bigfoot Footage
Could this be a Bigfoot? Bigfoot – Believers Only, admin, Adam Bird just released an enhancement of what some people are saying to be a Bigfoot.

Do You Want To See An Epic Bigfoot Documentary?
Do you want to see an awesome new bigfoot documentary with bigfoot experts like Cliff Barackman of Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot, and Dr. Jeff 

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:


The Gonzo Daily - Monday
It is very odd without Graham here. He is off for a week visiting his family, and seeing Hawkwind. It is very strange without him. We have good news and bad bird-related news today. The bad news is that Orcrist the crow who has lived in the bottom aviary ever since he was rescued from a dog two years ago died suddenly on friday night. Poor thing survived the winter only to die out of the blue when the spring came. Bizarrely Jerry the Jackdaw did exactly the same thing a few years ago. The good news is that the rescued pigeons in the top aviary have bred and there is at least one jolly looking squab demanding food. The Universe giveth and the Universe taketh away.
THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Paul Kantner - Volunteers
Tony Kaye discusses his scary Yes Album-era injury
John 'Drumbo' French of Captain's Beefheart's Magic Band in Conversation
The Gonzo Weekly #119
Eliza Carthy, Arthur Brown, Simon Phillips, Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth, Jon Anderson, Hawkwind and Yes fans had better look out!
The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#119) is available to read at www.gonzoweekly.com, and to download at http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/. It has Eliza Carthy on the front cover with an interview with her inside. Doug Harr reports on legendary drummer Simon Phillips, and we send Liz Lenten to a Desert Island. Neil Nixon reports on singing drug addicts, Wyrd goes acoustic and Xtul gets freakier than ever. Jon does some reporting from the field, and there are radio shows from Strange Fruit and from M Destiny at Friday Night Progressive, and the titular submarine dwellers are still lost at sea, although I have been assured that they will hit land again soon. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and pademelons trying to choose (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials having difficulty in making choices, but I got carried away with things that rhymed with OOOOS) than you can shake a stick at. And the best part is IT's ABSOLUTELY FREE!!!
This issue features: Wilko Johnson, Noel Gallagher, Paloma Faith, Bjork, Radiohead, Massive Attack, Arthur Brown, Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth, Bob Marley, Karnataka, Strange Fruit, Friday Night
Progressive,Leonard Nimoy, Warsaw Pakt, Hugh Hopper, Orlando Monday Allen, Dee Palmer, Badfinger, Ant-Bee, Billy Cobham, Tony Palmer, Homeostasis, Nolan Porter, Galahad, Mick Abrahams Band, Eliza Carthy, Jim Moray, Protocol, Liz Lenten, Hawkwind, Yes, Jon Anderson, Steve Howe, Tony Kaye, Alan White, Joey Molland, Robben Ford, George Harrison, Xtul, Elvis, Justin Bieber, Marillion, Metallica,
Beatles, Spurious Transients, The Relationships, Rocket Scientists, The Brits, Chasing Violets, Pest, Eliwagar
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:

All issues from #70 can be downloaded at www.gonzoweekly.com if you prefer. If you have problems downloading, just email me and I will add you to the Gonzo Weekly dropbox. The first 69 issues are archived there as well. Information is power chaps, we have to share it!
You can download the magazine in pdf form HERE:

* 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: www.gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/…/all-gonzo-news-wots-fit
* 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 55 who - together with an infantile orange cat named after a song by Frank Zappa 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 infantile orange cat?


What has Corinna's column of Fortean bird news got to do with cryptozoology?

Well, everything, actually!

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.

Storks could become poisoned by pesticides during ...
Asian songbird migrants under threat
Neighboring birds sing 'out of tune'


ON THIS DAY IN 1836 - Texas declared its independence from Mexico and an ad interim government was formed. 

And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk
AND TO WHISTLE WHILE YOU WORK... (Music that may have some relevance to items also on this page, or may just reflect my mood on the day)