The H.E.R.P. loves nature.
We try to contribute as much as possible to research and conservation projects all over the world.
In addition, we also aim to make a contribution ourselves through our projects. For example, we have already contributed to research into a new snake antivenom for North Africa and we have set up our own non-profit that actively contributes to the conservation of endangered species, H.E.R.P. Conservation VZW.
Bushmaster Conservation Project
The first H.E.R.P. Conservation Project, founded in Costa Rica and dedicated to studying and protecting the Central American bushmaster (Lachesis stenophrys) and black-headed bushmaster (Lachesis melanocephala).
Research in Flanders
The H.E.R.P. assists in the scientific research on native reptiles and amphibians in Flanders, Belgium. We do this together with our colleagues from 'Natuurpunt' and 'Hyla'.
Toxinology ICP 2019
At the end of 2019, we were guests at the Instituto Clodomiro Picado. Here we researched the effectiveness of a new antivenom against venom samples from North African snake species. Work on this continues to this day.
Lanthanotus Breeding Project
The earless monitor (Lanthanotus borneensis) is a rather unknown species that is rarely reproduced in captivity. But they seem to do just fine under our care!
The H.E.R.P. is in contact with various captive breeders worldwide to set up a breeding program with both in-situ and ex-situ conservation as future perspectives.
'Gecko Glue' Research VIB
The VIB is researching the sticky substance that some geckos can produce and secrete from their tails as a defense mechanism.
The H.E.R.P. assists and advises in the management of the species included in the study.