Education is an integral part of what the conservancy is about; learning about nature, its many mysteries, and how best to conserve it.

Once our world-class Bigfoot Interpretive Center is constructed, we intend to offer hands-on workshops ranging from basic wilderness survival, tracking, evidence collection and analysis, casting techniques, audio recording and analysis, photography, interviewing techniques, etc.

Our staff is well versed in organizing outdoor youth camps, as well as adult level clinics.

In time we intend to utilize a range of analytical techniques such as DNA, RNA, Solid Phase Micro Extraction and electron microscopy.


The heart of the conservancy revolves around our ongoing scientific research.  The conservancy has a very ambitious, long-term  research agenda; unlike any organization in existence today.

Our immediate research involves continued local field research throughout the Pacific Northwest United States and western Canada.

Field research consists of establishing a base camp, deploying trail cameras and seismic ground sensors, ground and aerial (drone)reconnaissance, tracking, video (standard, night vision and thermal), audio recording, evidence collection and analysis.

The conservancy also avails itself for rapid incident response and investigations.

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A life changing epiphany...

Our staff

 Mission & Vision

The conservancy is predicated on the premise that these amazing creatures do, in fact, exist in the densely forested Pacific Northwest.

Our ultimate mission is to produce irrefutable evidence of their existence, gain them official recognition, and afford them legal protection.

In order to achieve that, the conservancy has a very ambitious long-term, multi-phased, strategic plan to make that a reality.

This plan includes: ongoing local field research in the Pacific Northwest; an inner-coastal expedition into the Canadian islands and inlets aboard our research vessel the Jadoo Shikari (Hindu for Mystery Hunter); long-term habituation field research in the Pacific Northwest;  and our ultimate goal of constructing a world-class Bigfoot Interpretive Center.



JES Sothern


peter c. byrne


Todd M. Neiss

On a clear spring day, in Oregon’s temperate Coast Range, a Soldier found himself face to face with a legend.  On April 3rd, 1993, while conducting explosives training with the 1249th Combat Engineers, Sergeant Todd Neiss observed three enormous bipedal creatures watching their convoy from across a ravine.  Originally a skeptic, he was forced to accept what he was seeing with his own eyes.

Since that fateful day, he has dedicated his life to proving the existence of these amazing creatures.  With over 25 years of field investigations and large-scale expeditions, his reputation as a serious researcher has grown exponentially.  He has been called upon for numerous public speaking engagements; as well as countless interviews and television appearances.

Together with his wife and fellow researcher, Diane Stocking Neiss, they have consolidated their research and formed the American Primate Conservancy; a non-profit science and educational foundation predicated on the discovery, knowledge, research, recognition and protection of these incredible beings.


Todd m. neiss


President of the Conservancy

diane stocking neiss