Posted by: Loren Coleman on June 20th, 2006
The New Straits Times carries a non-Bigfoot story on June 20, 2006, entitled “Wild time in the jungle,” by Zalina Mohd Som.
Even the opening summary says it all:
She did not manage to see Bigfoot and his family but Zalina Mohd Som came away from Endau-Rompin National Park with lots of magical memories
Don’t waste your time. There’s nothing further here, but if you must, here’s what little was said about whatever is being seen in Malaysia.
We weren’t there in search of Bigfoot, though the possibility that we might bump into one sent chills of excitement up our spines. After all, the Endau-Rompin National Park drew worldwide interest last December when The New Straits Times reported the sighting of a Bigfoot family of two adults and a child in Kampung Mawai in Kota Tinggi.
Our 20-member team from the KL Mountaineering Association had arrived at the park for a three-day jungle survivor course. But the thought of the Bigfoot was never too far from our minds.
The Johor Bigfoot, as the creature is popularly known as, is a global phenomenon that has attracted research groups from as far as Japan, The United Kingdom and USA.
Johor Bigfoot was first sighted in 1960s after Bangkok-based travel correspondent, author and researcher Harold Stephens found large footprints on the banks of the lower Sungai Endau.
Stephens claimed to have mounted the first Bigfoot expedition in the Endau-Rompin jungles in 1970 and his discovery was published as a cover story of Argosy magazine in 1971.
The park, which is about the size of Singapore, stretches from northern Johor covering an area of 48,795ha to southern Pahang with an area of 42,667ha. Gazetted in 1993, the park is accessible only via Peta in Kluang and Selai in Bekok, Segamat. Both entrances have their own attractions that are distinctly different.
For the rest of this travelogue that has nothing to do with Bigfoot, click here.
Now, let me get back to more fruitful cryptozoology pursuits….LOL.
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.