The American Primate Conservancy - Discovery - Research - Knowledge - Recognition - Protection




AMERICAN Eyewitness turned researcher, Staff Sergeant Todd Neiss had an encounter that altered his life forever.

It was actually during a military training exercise in 1993, Neiss had an encounter with three giant creatures, which could only be described as Bigfoot. Ultimately, three fellow Soldiers came forward and confessed to having witnessed these very same creatures. This combination of: multiple creatures, multiple eyewitnesses, and the unusual circumstances under which it occurred, makes this one of the most credible sightings recorded.

Since that fateful day, Neiss has been actively researching and pursuing these amazing creatures. In 1998, he founded the “American Primate Foundation;” an organization committed to proving the existence of these incredible beings. Having spent more than two decades searching for these creatures, Neiss has become the subject of numerous television programs, documentaries, books and interviews.  He has been a sought after speaker at several Bigfoot conferences across the U.S. and Canada.

Todd holds an Associate Degree in Multi-Disciplinary Studies from Grantham University.

Today, Neiss continues to serve as an Active Duty Soldier for the Military Department. An Iraq War Veteran; he has served for more than 17 years.

Established Bigfoot researcher, Diane (Stocking) Neiss became interested in Bigfoot at a very young age and went on to conduct research in the Southeastern United States dating as far back as 1974.

In 2007, Diane founded the Non-Profit Organization called “Stocking Hominid Research” in 2007.  In that same year, she co-authored the  book“Elementum Bestia.”

Diane has also given lectures at numerous conferences; as well as appearing on several television programs.

After visiting the Pacific Northwest in the 1990s, Diane ultimately decided to move to Oregon; where she continues her research.

Diane holds an Associate of Science degree in Forestry from Lake City Forestry College in Florida.

Today, Diane is employed as a Human Service Specialist for the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS).

On July 26th, 2014, Todd and Diane became husband and wife in an epic surprise ceremony during their annual private retreat known as Beachfoot.

Collectively, Todd and Diane have over 63 years of Bigfoot research between them. In 2015, they decided to combine their independent efforts; the result of which has become the
“American Primate Conservancy.”

The conservancy is predicated on the Discovery, Research, Knowledge, Recognition and Protection of these creatures known as Sasquatch or Bigfoot.

Currently, Todd and Diane Neiss live aboard their 42-foot Tollycraft motor-yacht in on Hayden Island in Portland, Oregon. Christened the“Jadoo Shikari” (Hindu for “Mystery Hunter”), they enjoy the live aboard/cruising lifestyle.

They are currently in the process of purchasing a mountain retreat near Mount Hood, in Oregon’s Cascade Mountains. This Chalet will serve as a land-base of operations for the Conservancy.

The conservancy is committed to a very ambitious four-phased
business plan over the course of the next ten years.

Their short-term (three-year) plan will be dedicated to conducting active field research in an undisclosed wilderness area within the Pacific Northwest. Utilizing the latest technologies (drones, seismic sensors, night vision, audio-triangulation, telephonic trail cameras, etc.), Todd and Diane intend to collect irrefutable evidence of these creature’s existence.

Their mid-term plan (2019 through 2020) will entail utilizing their motor yacht as a research vessel. They plan to travel to British Columbia; where they will ply the countless inside passages into Canada's interior wilderness. Outfitted with a mast-mounted FLIR system and a remote-controlled drone, their plan is to scout these uncharted areas for signs of Bigfoot activity.

Their long-term plan full-time, long-term established base camp in an undisclosed research area.

Their ultimate plan (8 to 10-year) is to establish a world-class Bigfoot Interpretive Center which will house: a museum/exhibit hall, 400-seat auditorium, classrooms, a forensic laboratory, art gallery, a self-guided interactive automated tour of Bigfoot history (to include full-scale dioramas), a multi-media studio, cafe and gift shop.  The facility will be situated along the I-5 corridor on approximately 50 acres of land.  The facility will encompass a wetland feature encircled by a hiking path.  Along the pathway will be picnic areas, a memorial garden and an outdoor amphitheater.  An adjacent campground and RV park is envisioned also an option.  Understandably ambitious, the Neiss' sincerely believe that this $30,000,000 to $40,000,000 vision is not only achievable, but long overdue.

For the past eight years, Todd and Diane have hosted a unique, invitation-only, annual retreat for international Bigfoot researchers called "Beachfoot." Situated at various campsites within the temperate rain forests of the Oregon Coast Range, the gathering provides researchers an unprecedented opportunity to gather for four days in a relaxed casual setting to socialize, network, and share their research; without the distraction of an audience, media or vendors.  Beachfoot has attracted researchers from five countries and nearly every state in the U.S.  This year they will mark their 9th annual gathering.

The Neiss' maintain a Facebook page entitled “Beachfoot” where you can find pictures and commentary about the gathering.  On November 22nd, they produced yet another website named "American Primate Conservancy;" which had 245 hits within 11 hours after going live.  They also maintain a web site at

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