The North American Wood Ape Conservancy is a non-profit scientific-research organization dedicated to solving the mystery of the animal commonly referred to as "bigfoot." With a diverse roster of approximately sixty members, including biologists and other professionals, the NAWAC pursues education and research activities pertaining to the centuries-old "wildman" or "hairy man" phenomenon in North America. The NAWAC proposes that the source of the phenomenon is an unlisted large great ape. The organization is actively engaged in activities designed to test that hypothesis.
Hadrian's Wall: An Area X Update
In this episode, join Matt and Daryl for an update on the North American Wood Ape Conservancy's field work in Area X. Guests include NAWAC Chairman Mike Mayes and Bud Mellicker, who have just returned from deploying an extensive camera-trap array dubbed "Hadrian's Wall" by the NAWAC. Also, Dusty Haithcoat returns, along with his friend Ashlee, to talk about their visual encounter with a big gray sasquatch on the periphery of our base camp at the end of May.
Planet of the Mystery Apes, Chapter 1: South Africa’s Otang
In this episode, host Matt Pruitt speaks with acclaimed South African wildlife researcher and author Gareth Patterson about his groundbreaking work with lions, elephants, and his recently revealed years of research into an as-yet-unstudied hominoid called the otang. This is the first installment of a new series on Apes Among Us called “The Planet of the Mystery Apes”.
Gareth’s new book about the otang — Beyond The Secret Elephants — is available in Kindle format at Amazon. Read more about Gareth at his website, garethpatterson.com
Variance: 2019 Field Operation Recap
Join hosts Brandon, Matt, and Brian for their recap of the NAWAC’s 2019 summer field study, Operation Variance. While at the NAWAC’s Annual Strategic Retreat in February, the guys talked to a number of NAWAC members who had notable wood ape encounters. NAWAC Chairman Mike Mayes joins for an engaging Roundtable discussion. Also, Brian talks with NAWAC Board Member Ed Harrison about the approach the group will be taking in 2020, utilizing new technological resources.
2020 Training Camp
Join hosts Brandon Lentz and Matt Pruitt in this episode of Apes Among Us for an exclusive inside look at how the NAWAC trains its citizen-scientist members. Lentz and Pruitt go onsite at the NAWAC’s 2020 Training Camp for discussions with and perspectives from new recruits and NAWAC veterans as well.
From the Archives: Persistence in Area X
Go back in time with Brian Brown in this remixed, remastered nostalgic episode from the Bigfoot Show, originally recorded in August 2012, as he interviewed NAWAC (then TBRC) members who had just wrapped up their 2012 summer field study, Operation Persistence, the second such field study as part of the long-term Ouachita Project. AAU co-hosts Matt Pruitt and Brandon Lentz provide some input from a 2019 perspective.
November Team — A week in Area X
On this episode of Apes Among Us, hosts Brandon Lentz and Brian Brown take you on a journey to a valley deep in the Ouachita Mountain Ecoregion designated “Area X” by the NAWAC. The men — as part of “November” team and along with two other team mates — spent a week there this past summer. It was a week that was at once extraordinary but also mundane; that is, extraordinary by anyone’s standards, but mundane by Area X standards. You'll hear the details of two likely visual encounters with wood apes as well as the investigation of a possible wood ape photo taken from space(!). Also, Matt Pruitt and NAWAC Director Emeritus Alton Higgins discuss the history and genesis of NAWAC field work in the valley, which, nearly two decades later, led directly to the week spent there by the four-man November team. Just one more week and four more men, in a long line of both.
Images mentioned in this episode:
Size comparison of Brian Brown (6', 210 lbs) to the animal seen by November team member Rich from his perspective
Google Earth image with possible wood ape (detail)