The 'Golden Yeti' Recipient for 2018

Primate conservationist Dr. Anna Nekaris has been named the 2018 recipient of the prestigious 'Golden Yeti'  award for outstanding work in the field of cryptozoology. Presented by  the International Cryptozoology Museum each year, the honor recognizes  figures who have done exemplary work in the field. Previous winners have  included filmmaker Seth Breedlove, creator of the acclaimed 'Small Town Monsters' series and prolific author Karl Shuker, who has penned over two dozen books on cryptozoological topics. 

In the case of Dr. Nekaris, her 'Golden Yeti' celebrated the professor's  exhaustive work studying lorises, which are diminutive nocturnal  primates living in tropical parts of India, Sri Lanka, and southeast  Asia. According to a profile of the professor penned by Loren Coleman of the ICM, her formidable research into these  creatures spans a stunning 56 published scientific papers and field  research projects studying lorises in four different countries. 

Her role in elevating the profile of the creatures is particularly  noteworthy in that she has helped to raise awareness of the dangers  facing lorises, which are often targeted by poachers since their  adorable appearance makes them appealing in the exotic pet trade.The  animals are also doubly troubled because they are also seen by some  native cultures as having some kind of medicinal value. 

More on Dr. Nekaris' tremendous research, including her work specifically in the realm of cryptozoology, at the Coast to Coast AM website.

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