Who are we?
The H.E.R.P. is the first educational center in Belgium on Herpetofauna and Arthropoda.
The project was founded in 2015 by Bryan Minne and Laura Ruysseveldt, both Master of Science in Biology: Herpetology and licensed animal caretakers specialized in cold-blooded animals. The founding of the organization came in response to the high popularity of their previously established organization called ReptiSchool, with which they captured the hearts of thousands of children with their school visits and exhibitions around cold-blooded animals.
What do we do?
Today, the H.E.R.P. organizes guest lessons, practicals, expeditions, exhibitions and workshops on cold-blooded animals and provides training for both individuals and professionals on keeping cold-blooded animals in captivity.
The organization helps and supports various research projects both at home and abroad and regularly volunteers for biological research centers, rescue centers and zoological institutions. We also regularly assist in ongoing research.
The organization also acts as a helpdesk and advice center for individuals, professionals and authorities. One can easily contact us with questions regarding the keeping of exotic animals in captivity and the exotic animal trade. The H.E.R.P. offers advice and support to emergency services who have questions or need assistance with catching, tracking or relocating escaped reptiles.
In addition to the above activities, H.E.R.P. is still active in organizing workshops for kids with the two sub-departments 'ReptiSchool' and 'BugSchool'. Both branches organize educational workshops for children around herpetofauna and arthropoda in Belgium. Both branches provide annual summer camps, exhibitions, school events, birthday parties and school workshops for children and youngsters of all ages.
What is our goal?
The H.E.R.P. was established with the aim of improving the condition of reptiles, amphibians and arthropods both in captivity and in the wild. In addition, it tries to make its public more aware of the presence of reptiles and amphibians in captivity and all related issues, including the advantages and disadvantages of the exotic animal trade.