Posted by: Loren Coleman on September 8th, 2011
Adam Davies, cryptozoologist and author of Extreme Expedition: Travel Adventures Stalking the World’s Mystery Animals, is doing it again. He is off to the bush. In search of Orang Pendek. He probably is getting on a plane as you read this.
“We leave Friday, September 9, 2011 and will return on the 25th of September, late night. I will be leading the expedition, which is entitled The CFZ Sumatra Expedition 2011. There will be two teams to maximise our chances of finding evidence of the creature.”
Expedition members are heading to the Indonesian island of Sumatra this week on the trail of one of the most elusive and fascinating creatures in hominology, anthropology, zoology, and cryptozoology: Orang Pendek, the walking ape.
For more than a century, there have been convincing reports of the creature’s existence. Yet no-one has ever managed to find categorical proof that the island is home to a species of ape that walks freely on its back legs.
Adam Davies’ recent journal article on Orang Pendek outlined the growing body of evidence for this new ape.
Explorer Adam Davies is leading this expedition to see if more evidence of these potentially new apes can be found. (Media and blogs are reporting that the quest’s leader is Richard Freeman; such accounts are incorrect. This appears to be based on the fact that Freeman gave an interview about the search to The Guardian.)
As Davies has written, there seems to be a genuine scientific basis for the consideration that an unknown anthropoid that walks bipedally might exist in Indonesia.
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading. 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.