Our Research

As indicated by the organization’s name, the North American Wood Ape Conservancy is ultimately concerned with the protection of the wood ape and its habitat. However, before that can happen, the species must be definitively documented and officially recognized. That is where the research aspects of the TBRC come into play. Documentation efforts include following up on submitted wood ape sighting reports by interviewing witnesses and searching sighting locales for evidence. Witness observations can sometimes provide details regarding wood ape anatomical or behavioral characteristics.  Some NAWAC researchers are actively seeking to collect a type specimen.

In addition, reliable sighting report location coordinates, taken as a whole, provide insights into species distribution patterns. Statistical analyses by experts at evaluating geospatial data, reveal a variety of statistically significant ecological preferences for the species. We believe that such studies will provide land managers with valuable data when the time comes to draft species recovery plans and/or state plans for conservation and management.

The Methodology page goes into more detail regarding research techniques and rationale.

Although primates are not known for an acute sense of smell, the TBRC uses various scent lure oils from time to time with camera traps.


 

"It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings."

- Solomon

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Occurred 5/7/2016 in Atoka County, OK

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Two NAWAC Investigators find interesting trackway. Read more...

Occurred 1/4/2016 in Walker County, TX

Published on March 22, 2016 Icon-photo Icon-video-off

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

Published on December 21, 2013 Icon-photo Icon-video-off

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. Read more...

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. Read more...

Occurred Winter 1979 in Angelina County, TX

Published on August 26, 2011 Icon-photo-off Icon-video-off

Hunter reports night-time encounter while hunting rabbits. Read more...

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