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Valley of the Apes
The Search for Sasquatch in Area X

by Michael Mayes

Trade Paperback, 258 Pages

$18.95, ISBN: 978-1-949501-22-3

Genre(s): Cryptozoology

   This is the story of what it is really like to search for the most elusive animal in North America, an animal that clearly does not want to be found. Join author Michael Mayes and the men and women of the North American Wood Ape Conservancy on their two-decades-long quest to discover the truth behind the greatest mystery of the natural world.

   “The events detailed in this book provide some of the best reasons to be hopeful that a resolution to the Sasquatch mystery is close at hand.
   “What you’re about to read is a meticulously documented collection of observations made by people—academics, wildlife professionals, and scientists, among others—whom I consider to be among the most reliable individuals to have ever pursued the Sasquatch…
   “The man telling the story, Michael Mayes, has been at the forefront of this endeavor since its inception…
   “When the day comes that people say ‘They proved that the Sasquatch exists,’ you, the reader, probably won’t have to wonder who ‘they’ are. You will have already met them right here in the pages of this book.”— from the Foreword by Matt Pruitt

About the Author:

Michael Mayes is a Central Texas-based teacher of History and a former coach who has had a lifelong interest in mysteries of the natural world. He has been a member of the North American Wood Ape Conservancy since 2005 and currently serves as the Chairman of the group’s Board of Directors. He has appeared on numerous internet podcasts and radio programs, including Expanded Perspectives, Coast-to-Coast AM, The Paranormal Podcast, Beyond Reality Radio, Bigfoot & Beyond, and Sasquatch Tracks to discuss his research, as well as an episode of The Lowe Files on the A&E Network. Michael is the owner and writer of the Texas Cryptid Hunter blog and the author of the illustrated children’s book, Patty: A Sasquatch Story and the non-fiction title, Shadow Cats: The Black Panthers of North America.

A hardcover edition is now available!

Audio clips:

Intrepid India Whoop”: July 17, 2018. The first whoop is the animal. The second, which is cut off, is Michael Mayes’ teammate, Shannon Mason, answering. The quality is a bit wonky as the batteries in the recorder were very low; still, the whoop can be clearly heard.

T-Rex Roars”: June 17, 2017. Just after 10:00 that night, Echo Team heard a “strange scream” from the northeast followed by a second scream. “The screams might be more accurately described as roars,” Ken Helmer wrote in the field notes. “They seem much more menacing when played back than when we heard them in person. Disturbing.” Helmer dubbed them “T-Rex roars."

Rain of Rocks”: June 26, 2015. Alton Higgins and Phil Burrows were in the cabin trying to rest, when they were awakened at 2:00 a.m. by rocks big and small bombarding their cabin for an hour straight. This is an abridged version. The investigators were unable to see anything in the surrounding darkness.


Foreword by Matt Pruitt

Author’s Note



Part 1: The Early Years

Chapter 1 – Apes in the South?

Chapter 2 – Weekend Warriors

Chapter 3 – Operation Primate Web II

Chapter 4 – Operation Thicket Probe

 Chapter 5 – Operation Thicket Probe II

Chapter 6 – Operation Forest Vigil

Chapter 7 – College Professors and MonsterQuest

Chapter 8 – The Gulf Between Us

Part 2: Area X

Chapter 9 – A Land Called X

Chapter 10 – The Ouachita Project

Chapter 11 – Operation Endurance

Chapter 12 – The Echo Incident

Chapter 13 – Endurance Continues

Chapter 14 – Operation Persistence

Chapter 15 – Operation Relentless

Chapter 16 — The Kilo Incident

Chapter 17 – Operation Tenacity

Chapter 18 – Operation Resolute

Chapter 19 – Tag 7

Chapter 20 – Operation Fortitude

Chapter 21 – Operation Dauntless

Chapter 22 – Operation Intrepid

Chapter 23 – Operation Variance

Chapter 24 – A Pause and a Pivot

Chapter 25 — What Have We Learned?

Chapter 26 — A Few Last Remarks


Sound Files Appendix

References and Citations


About the Author

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What they're saying:

“The potential discovery of large American forest apes is quietly underway. I highly recommend you catch up with what this powerful group of outdoor field researchers are finding before this information becomes the basis of the next big anthropological headlines!" — Loren Coleman, Director, International Cryptozoology Museum

"The North American Woodape Conservancy has been executing long duration field studies for many years, and this book documents their pioneering work, the challenges they encountered along the way, and their findings so far.  Every bigfoot enthusiast can potentially benefit from reading this book.” — Cliff Barackman, co-host of Animal Planet’s Finding Bigfoot

"Michael Mayes not only shows himself to be a thorough and engaging writer, but a rugged participant in what is undoubtedly the most intensive quest to prove the existence of the creature known as Sasquatch." — Lyle Blackburn, author of The Beast of Boggy Creek

"Overall, in Valley of the Apes, Mayes provides an engaging narrative ... and drawing the reader into their experiences of a sustained field operation to hunt the elusive wood apes. He succinctly raises a number of issues, from the pragmatics of the ultimate mission objective to the evaluation of evidence sustaining the motivation for the Project." — Jeffery Meldrum, Journal of Scientific Exploration


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