At the beginning of the 21st Century monsters still roam the remote, and sometimes not so remote, corners of our planet. It is our job to search for them. The Centre for Fortean Zoology [CFZ] is - we believe - the largest professional, scientific and full-time organisation in the world dedicated to cryptozoology - the study of unknown animals. Since 1992 the CFZ has carried out an unparalleled programme of research and investigation all over the world. Since 2009 we have been running the increasingly popular CFZ Blog Network, and although there has been an American branch of the CFZ for over ten years now, it is only now that it has a dedicated blog.

Monday 22 August 2016


On This Day in Weird, August 22...

1959: Jonathan Downes, founder-leader of the Centre for Fortean Zoology, as well as a renowned naturalist, cryptozoologist, author, editor, film-maker, poet, novelist, activist, journalist, composer and singer-songwriter, with a background in radical politics and mental health care, is born in Portsmouth, England, spending time as a child/adolescent in Nigeria and Hong Kong before returning to the UK in 1971. Since 2012 he has been editor of the Gonzo Daily blog, and the Gonzo Weekly e-zine, both in conjunction with Gonzo Multimedia (formerly Voiceprint Records). His 22 published boos since 1988 include Smaller Mystery Carnivores of the Westcountry, The Owlman and Others, The Blackdown Mystery, Only Fools and Goatsuckers, he Monster of the Mere, Monster Hunter, and The Island of Paradise: Chupacabra, UFO Crash Retrievals, and Accelerated Evolution on the Island of Puerto Rico. Happy birthday, Jon, and congratulations on another successful "Weird Weekend."

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