“Bigfoot Family” on Wife Swap

Posted by: Loren Coleman on March 31st, 2010

On the forthcoming next season of ABC-TV’s “Wife Swap,” a family has been identified as being involved in searching for Bigfoot.

Meet Rob and Tracy Robinson and their son:

Although, by some media, the Robinsons are being promoted as a “Bigfoot family,” technically, they are not members of the unclassified primate species called Bigfoot. The Robinsons, who live in Florida, are actually “Swamp Ape Seekers” or “Skunk Ape Hunters.”

In non-interview messages to Cryptomundo, accompanying the photos, Rob Robinson said, “I believe I gave monster hunting a good representation on the show….For the record, I own all your books and am a really big fan of yours and Cryptomundo. I purchased one of your museum T-shirts, but they wouldn’t let my wife wear it on the show.”

The Robinsons are under a strict contract with ABC, and are not allowed to give interviews before the program airs. Furthermore, this includes web replies and online comments to blogs and forums. Therefore, Rob will not be able to respond to any negative comments or questions written by any readers here, below, not because he doesn’t want to, but because he cannot, by contract.

Robinson had to ask for permission from ABC to have the above photographs published. He did and has obtained clearance to have them shared here, exclusively, via Cryptomundo.

Robert Robinson and his wife Tracy were recommended to the ABC producers by Scott Marlowe, who will earn a $1000 finder’s fee, and who has said he has designated his self-created Pangea Institute to receive the check. 

Marlowe, of course, is the individual behind the June 14, 2008’s ill-advised letter to the wrong county’s prosecutor to look into homicide charges for the alleged involvement in the October 20, 1967 (or near that date) alleged murder of one or more Bigfoot at Bluff Creek, California. Or as Marlowe stated in his original missive to the Humboldt County prosecutor, as shown by the “photographic evidence that the person [afflicted with congenital generalized Hypertrichosis (sic)], or possibly persons, so afflicted were shot and killed by others in the Patterson/Gimlin party who remain unnamed by Mr. Gimlin who survives Robert Patterson.”

No murders of any Bigfoot have ever been proven or the coverup of any alleged actions by Gimlin, Green, or Titmus.

Marlowe continued in his email with this: “Having been associated with the analysis work of two of the photographic experts examining the film, Mr. Marlon Davis and redacted by Cryptomundo, I am compelled to contact you to avoid any hint of complicity in failing to inform the authorities of these potentially criminal acts.”

John Green wrote on June 14, 2008: “What idiocy. Anyway, it’s Del Norte County.”

Also, during the final season of MonsterQuest, Scott Marlowe says on his site that he “was asked by Whitewolf Entertainment, the producers for ‘Monster Quest’ on The History Channel, to assist with the production of two new episodes,” specifically the “Killer Bees” and “Piranha.”  Marlowe appears in a “Piranha” reenactment as former president, Theodore Roosevelt (seen below).

Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
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.

4 Responses to ““Bigfoot Family” on Wife Swap”

  1. gridbug responds:

    All the attempts to best present an alternative socio-cultural lifestyle go out the window when the producers and their editors hack the footage to bits in search of all the “gonzo” moments they can find. Still should be entertaining to see the “square’s” reaction to Bigfoot believers.


  2. red_pill_junkie responds:

    I can’t wait for that inevitable moment at the dinner table:

    “Loren who?”

    And the passionate responses it will unleash 😉

    PS: That censorship of the ICM t-shirt is a real bummer.

  3. FloridaSkunkApe responds:


    This is John from the Florida Skunk Ape.com web site. The “Wife Swap” television show contacted our site a few times regarding the recruitment of a “Skunk Ape” family for their show, but I did not recommend anyone. I decided to watch episode of the show first, before making a decision. I sure glad I did. I feel bad for this family. They will be portrayed as a weird and wacky people.

    Here is a copy of the email they sent me several times:


    To Whom It May Concern:

    My name is Danielle Gervais. I’m a Casting Producer for ABC’s primetime series “Wife Swap.” We are currently casting our fifth season and we’re looking for unique families with plenty of personality to take part in the show. Specifically, we’re looking for dynamic families who strongly believe in the existence of Bigfoot and have had (non-violent!) sightings themselves or are actively seeking proof of some kind. Families who participate in this documentary-style program are given a unique opportunity to share their beliefs and lifestyles with another family. It is truly a once in a lifetime experience that can be life-changing for everyone. I was hoping to be able to pass the word along to the members of your forum, with your permission, in order to introduce an opportunity in which they may be interested. If you were to post a message or send emails to forum members, you’d receive a finder’s fee –

    ,000 for each family who contacts me and makes the show through your efforts. I’m happy to provide you with a comprehensive flyer (with the forum name on it, so people know to mention the forum) if you are interested in working with me.

    In case you are unfamiliar with the show, the premise of Wife Swap is to take two different families and have the moms switch places to experience how another family lives. Half of the week, mom lives the life of the family she is staying with. After making her observations, she introduces several “rule changes,” where she implements rules and activities that are important to her family. It’s a positive experience for people to not only learn but teach about other families and other ways of life. Wife Swap airs on Disney owned ABC television on Wednesdays at 8 pm- the family hour!

    Requirements: Each family must consist of two parents and at least one child between 7 and 17 and should reside in the continental U.S. (There may be other children living in the home who are older or younger than the required age…as long as one child is in the required age range.)

    Participating in the show is a very unique experience that can be life changing for everyone. In addition, each family that tapes an episode of Wife Swap receives a generous honorarium for their time and commitment. Anyone who refers a family that appears on our program receives 00 as a ‘thank you’ from us.

    I appreciate you taking the time to read this email and I hope to hear from you soon. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me! If you’re interested in learning more, please include your contact information.

    Thank you for your time,


  4. Loren Coleman responds:

    Please note, we have posted about ABC’s “Wife Swap” emails and fees before.

    On December 7, 2006, we had this, “Need $20,000? Wanted: CZ Family!” and on September 15, 2008, we carried this story, “Wife Swap: Wanted Bigfoot Hunter Families.”

    As we openly mentioned, the family is said to receive $20,000.

    The referring party is promised a $1000 fee (which, of course, is income, no matter what one decides to do with the money, i.e. donate it to charity, a museum, or an institute).

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