Yeren Program Rescheduled

Posted by: Loren Coleman on September 15th, 2008

MonsterQuest’s Yeren (China’s Wildman) episode with Adam Davies, Zhou Gouxing and Jeff Meldrum has now been rescheduled to the 21st of September 2008, at 9 pm Eastern. (There has been no explanation why it was not shown yesterday, on Sunday, as previously scheduled.)

If you recall, the ISU press release about the trip noted:

Jeff Meldrum, Ph.D., traveled to China April 28-May 9 [2008] to help produce a documentary for the History Channel about China’s Wildman, the Yeren. He collaborated with anthropologist Zhou Gouxing, Bejing Museum of Natural History, and provincial scientists in Hubei, where they spent a week filming in the Shennogjia Nature Reserve.

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Chinese researcher Yuan Zhenxin, above, with the cast of an alleged Yeren from Shennogjia Nature Reserve.

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Adam Davies is shown, above, with a 2004 cast of an Orang Pendek track.

The primary organizer and concept promoter for the excursion with Meldrum to China was cryptozoologist Adam Davies, who actually was behind firming up the “Monster Quest” funding for the trip. Davies is the author of a new book (below) on his past trips in search of cryptids. Besides the tome being filled with his funny and interesting insights on daring creature encounters, drinking, and dating, Davies details his remarkable fiscal penny-pinching and travel packages to extend his global adventures. Extreme Expeditions is highly recommended reading for world travelers of the cryptozoological kind or anyone interested in sharing such treks from the comfort of your home.

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Extreme Expeditions: Travel Adventures Stalking the World’s Mystery Animals by Adam Davies (NY: Anomalist Books, 2008).

Davies feels that he and Meldrum brought back good news from their efforts in search of the Yeren.


The evidence from the sightings of the Yeren generally speaks of two types of unknown hominoids being reported – one might be a relict population of orangutan and the other a form of Sasquatch found in Asia – as shown in the diversity of drawings of the Yeren.


Davies returned from China with some new thoughts on what he found going on there. He told me that he had used my and Patrick Huyghe’s field guide and its Harry Trumbore drawings (see at bottom) with eyewitnesses, to determine what was being seen.

He wrote: “Yours and Patrick’s book was very useful indeed.”

Other physical evidence was gathered, as well, including the casts Meldrum mentioned, and hair samples.

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Extreme Expeditions’ Adam Davies is shown during his documentary film trip seeking Almas in Mongolia.

Davies emailed me, expressing caution because of the documentary television contract he has to honor, but did share this:

The trip was “highly successful” but I am unable to say anymore until the evidence we found is properly analysed. We still are awaiting the results of hair samples.

My view before I went was that Yeren was most likely to be an archaic species of Orang-utan. However, I tend to be much more general now and say it is bipedal, it is an unknown very large primate, but beyond that I cannot say.

Dr. Meldrum was very specific on camera; there was no doubt at all. He much linked it to Sasquatch, and talked about similarities between the two.

I’m looking forward to the other tests, but they will take at least a month to come out.

Adam Davies


Harry Trumbore’s drawing (directly above) of the Chinese Yeren in The Field Guide to Bigfoot and Other Mystery Primates (page 131, 2006) shows the creature as much more anthropoid than in most contemporary renderings, illustrating one version of the recent sightings.

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.

7 Responses to “Yeren Program Rescheduled”

  1. Rappy responds:

    I’m simultaneously happy and disappointed that the Canadian lake monsters episode will air before the Yeren one. This will be one I will without a doubt tape when it arrives, especially with Dr. Meldrum’s thoughts on the Yeren being broadcast.

  2. zachary responds:

    the apish 1 looks like a gibbon possibly a group of saimang the human one may be related to gigantopithicus

  3. darkhb responds:

    Maybe I’m missing something but I watch MonsterQuest on the History Channel Wednesday nights not Sundays??

    According to my cable guide, this Wed. episode, 9/17, is about Canadian Lake Monsters. Looking ahead to Sunday, 9/21, I don’t see MonsterQuest listed on the History Channel for that date at all.

  4. Hokie27 responds:

    The Yeren episode is available for those who have On Demand through Comcast. I happened on to it last night while suffering a bit of insomnia.

  5. hudgeliberal responds:

    I love Monsterquest and am just happy that we have a somewhat decent show on cryptozoology, however, their schedule is about as reliable as Tom Biscardi in front of a camera.

    I know that sometimes changes are needed and that it will be put in a day/time that will be most favorable ratings wise. I just wish that they would set a date and stick with it.

    I am very interersted in the Yeren episode but especially the season finale where they go back to the cabin visited by Meldrum and company in Sasquatch Attack I. From what little info I can find, the finale will offer some very exciting news for Bigfoot enthusiasts. Peace fellas.

  6. twoly responds:

    Monsterquest is a great show and I love to see how they are trying to use scientific methods to get people thinking about the possibility of crypto critters. I was wondering though if anyone has seen Destination Truth? There was a Marathon on the SciFi channel the other day and I watched it for a bit. The only description I can give of it is “Monsterquest if the Crocodile Hunter was running the show”. It is entertaining mostly in that watching a train wreck kind of thing. I keep expecting them to be the first ones to film a crypto critter as they are being eaten by one.
    Entertaining but not nearly so much a scientific presentation…

  7. Tanis65 responds:

    I have watched both MonsterQuest and Destination Truth since the beginning of both series. I agree with your assessment that DT is a lot more entertainment factor than MonsterQuest. However I often find myself falling asleep during MQ because they often don’t have anything substantial to show. Much of their episodes consist of interviewing people and using their little creature maker software to show us what they think it looked like. SIGH. Take their latest show about Cressie for instance, the show was pretty clear from the beginning that the so called “monster” in question was more urban legend than anything else, but they still spent an hour talking to various people about it. Although Josh Gates of Destination Truth is a goofball, he’s at least interesting and funny in his investigations. Every time I go online though I still expect to hear the show’s been canceled due to his untimely demise. That man has had more close calls with large predators than anyone should be allowed. I can remember at least 2 instances with large felines, 1 instance with a large snake and 3 instances on various large bodies of water in inclement weather with faulty boats or inadequate navigation equipment. I mainly watch now just to see if he’ll get eaten by a tiger or freeze to death on a lake.. the list of possibilities is simply endless. And if the indigenous wildlife or his reckless stupidity doesn’t kill him, the native cuisine he’s forced to subsist on most likely will.

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