Research can't take place without great scientists and researchers which we have many.  We also have great leadership in our research department and want to introduce you to our Chief Scientist and Researcher.  

Chief SkunkApe Scientist & Researcher
"Phossil Phil"

Our friend "Phossil Phil" has seen the SkunkApe more than once and is our Chief SkunkApe Scientist and Researcher for the SkunkApe Tracking Team.

Please email "Phossil Phil" with any information you may have at:


One of the first known sighting of a SkunkApe was in 1974 in the Florida Everglades. Since this time, many people and organizations have been following and researching this creature. There have been many reported sightings since 2000 and we have witnessed the migration north from the original sightings.  As the “Official SkunkApe Tracking Website”, has deployed many researchers in search of truth. We have documented sightings in numerous U.S. states that prove the SkunkApe is migrating north. As you will see in our official tracking map, sightings have been reported in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, North Carolina, Kentucky, Arkansas, Missouri, West Virginia and Virginia. Yes, 10 states!  Most recent sightings have been in Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, Georgia and few in South Carolina.  This migration pattern clearly depicts a movement north into a more moderate climate and abundant food.  We will continue to keep the tracking map updated as reports are reported and confirmed. Please send reports and pictures if available to:

A sighting was reported to by an anonymous email stating they had seen a SkunkApe in northeast Tennessee and it disappeared into the cave. Pictures of the area and the supposed cave were included. We immediately deployed our research team and have determined this to be in Campbell County, Tennessee but no proof of the SkunkApe. Our researchers are scientists and not idiots, so they did not go into the cave.
As part of our research we investigated physical sites, phone calls, emails and the internet as any good investigator would.   We have found many opinions but in full transparency we found non-believers including the following description found on Wikipedia.
“Reports of the skunk ape were particularly common beginning in the 1970s. In 1974, sightings of a large, foul-smelling, hairy, ape-like creature, which ran upright on two legs were reported in suburban neighborhoods of Dade County, Florida. Skeptical investigator Joe Nickell has written that some of the reports may represent sightings of the black bear (Ursus americanus) and it is likely that other sightings are hoaxes or misidentification of wildlife. The United States National Park Service considers the skunk ape to be a hoax.”
We must ask two questions after reading Wikipedia:
  • If someone is a “Skeptical” investigator (i.e. US National Park Investigator), do you think they are going to open minded?
  • The government considers the SkunkApe to be a hoax, they also say that flying saucers and aliens do not exist. We ask, do you believe the government?

Early Research and Sightings