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Help us turn today’s mystery into tomorrow’s discovery.

An organization the size of the North American Wood Ape Conservancy (NAWAC) presents a diverse range of volunteer involvement opportunities. Historically, our research was primarily focused in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana; however, applicants from other states can now freely join the group and assist the NAWAC toward its goals.

Commitment and the ability to work as part of a team are the most critical traits for an applicant. For those interested in a more active role with the NAWAC, helpful backgrounds include, but are not limited to, wildlife biology; zoology, primatology, or physical anthropology; photography; expert trapping, tracking or outdoorsmanship; military or investigative law enforcement; and EMT/nurses/medical doctors. Keen analytical skills are helpful. Applicants should be skeptical, but at the same time enthusiastic, inquisitive and open-minded. 

Persons who are interested in joining the NAWAC and assisting in field investigations in remote sites should be in good physical condition. They should also have the time and financial resources available to fund their own travel and equipment for investigation of eyewitness accounts and research in our study areas.  For individuals who may not be in proper health for field investigations, or who may not have the time or resources to devote to field investigations, the more supportive role of Associate Member may be more suitable.

If you are interested in volunteering to assist the non-profit North American Wood Ape Conservancy in an active role or as a more supportive role as an Associate Member, please fill out the membership application form. When finished, click the “submit” button so that we may contact you. If you have had an encounter, or know someone who has, please go to our report submission form and tell us about it.

Please understand that joining the NAWAC in no way entitles you to represent the NAWAC or to incur any debt, liability, or any other legal entanglement on behalf of the NAWAC. The NAWAC is a private 501(c)(3) non-profit scientific research organization and reserves the right to decline submitted applications without explanation.

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Occurred 7/9/1988 in Sebastian County, AR

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Fisherman has close encounter on lake in western Arkansas. Read more...

Occurred 5/7/2016 in Atoka County, OK

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Two NAWAC Investigators find interesting trackway.

Occurred 1/4/2016 in Walker County, TX

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Husband and wife observe massive upright animal in Sam Houston National Forest on FM 1375 Baker Bridge at Lake Conroe one hour apart. Read more...

Occurred 6/8/2014 in Gonzales County, TX

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Couple has an encounter while hiking in Palmetto State Park. Read more...

Occurred 12/20/1983 in Walker County, TX

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Hunter has close encounter in Sam Houston National Forest near Stubblefield Recreational Area. Read more...

Occurred 12/24/1976 in Tyler County, TX

Published on March 11, 2013 Icon-photo Icon-video-off

Close highway encounter on Highway 287 near Woodville.

Occurred Fall 2003 in Polk County, TX

Published on March 7, 2013 Icon-photo Icon-video-off

Couple has highway encounter near Big Thicket National Preserve. Read more...

Occurred 4/3/2012 in Liberty County, TX

Published on April 21, 2012 Icon-photo Icon-video-off

Man out walking for exercise at local track has unexpected encounter with upright hair-covered subject. Read more...

Occurred 5/15/2009 in Burnet County, TX

Published on April 11, 2012 Icon-photo Icon-video-off

Motorist has late-night encounter near Balcones Canyon Lands National Wildlife Refuge. Read more...

Occurred 5/1981 in Travis County, TX

Published on November 15, 2011 Icon-photo-off Icon-video-off

Airman reports night-time encounter on Bergstrom AFB.

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