11 episodes

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.

Apes Among Us NAWAC

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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.

    From the Archives: Persistence in Area X

    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. 

    • 1 hr 27 min
    November Team — A week in Area X

    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.
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    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)

    • 2 hr 7 min
    Citizen Scientists

    Citizen Scientists

    In Episode 6 of Apes Among Us, entitled “Citizen Scientists,” hosts Matt Pruitt, Brandon Lentz, and Brian Brown discuss with NAWAC Chairman Michael Mayes and other NAWAC members their experiences, observations, and contributions as citizen scientists—individuals without formal scientific training who collect data to advance the cause of science. Wildlife biologist Angelo Capparella also returns to Apes Among Us to provide input regarding citizen science from the perspective of a professional scientist. In the spirit of citizen science, Brandon talks to Kim Wheeler of the Red Wolf Coalition about some unidentified canid vocalizations collected by the NAWAC in September 2018.

    • 2 hr 43 min
    Shades of Gray

    Shades of Gray

    On this episode of Apes Among Us, hosts Brandon Lentz, Matt Pruitt, and Brian Brown talk to North American Wood Ape Conservancy members who, while conducting observational field studies in the Ouachita Mountains, have observed an imposing gray wood ape to which the NAWAC colloquially refers as “Old Gray.” Primatologist Esteban Sarmiento also weighs in, bringing to bear his experience with the known apes.

    • 1 hr 31 min
    Soundscape X

    Soundscape X

    Screams, pops, whistles, and howls. Just some of the sounds we hear in the course of our research into the North American Wood Ape. When those sounds are recorded, they become evidence. Presented in this episode, a selection of recordings captured by the NAWAC in the valley we call Area X.

    • 2 hr 6 min
    Meeting Pruitt

    Meeting Pruitt

    In Episode 3 of Apes Among Us, host Brandon Lentz chats with new AAU co-host Matt Pruitt about his background and the latest NAWAC observations in Area X.

    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

Airhog446 ,

NAWAC

This has to be the most sincere and professional approach to establishing what this species is. On many other groups we see the ridiculous to the absurd which makes all researchers look like idiots running around in the woods. You guys are doing it right. Hats off to you all. I may just join in the effort soon.

the n1ghthawk ,

Real Science

This podcast is documenting a scientific approach to the validation of the existence of a North American ape species. Area X is a hotbed of activity and experiences. Start at the beginning and listen through. Well worth the time investment. This creature exists and this group is working diligently to prove it!

basscatlildave ,

Excellent show

I love the approach that these guys are taking. This is a great listen.

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