Color analysis and new partners!

  Project development

There’s been a lot of developement lately and i’m prety excited to annonce it all, but all in due time!

Color analysis

Let’s start with a small color analysis of the collected pedigrees up until so far. You might have come across of some posts about the new database being a offline database with MS Access. I’m about halfway into adding all the pedigrees so i wanted to see how it is developing so far.The color analysis shows how many pedigrees are collected based upon color, variety and gender! We’ll make this an annual thing to show you all the developement of the project.

As you can see in the colors, Dark Grey, grey and Black are the most popular colors out there so far. No data yet on Lilac and very minimal on Blue, Albino, Pale Apricot and Champagne. These colors will come forward later on as Blue and Lilac are new colors and the rest is asked for later. Within the varieties, Pinto and Algerian is most popular. Not surprising as both of these are dominant genes and more prominent available. I am so curious to see how this analysis looks next year!

New partners

We have two new partners and usually i don’t really go into detail about the partners as most info is on their own page. But since i think both do deserve the special attention, i will introduce them and tell a bit more about them as we’ll probably have a continuing collaboration with both.

Faculty of veterinary medicine – Birds and special pets, department of University of Utrecht

This one might sound familiar to some as i’ve mentioned before about the fact that i’ve had contact with them in the past about possible collaboration within scientific research towards genetics. But since there was and still is no Whole Genome Sequencing, we couldn’t push that through for now. Which honestly is a shame, because with a bit of funding and one interested institute to do a WGS, it could mean that The Hedgehog Program could have taken part in an amazing part of history. But hey, we’re not giving up so easily, are we? I’m still contacting institutes to get it done some day and who knows what other collaboration comes out if those contacts.

However, the faculty of vererinary medicine in Utrecht, is collecting hedgehog quills & hairs for us and they’re happy to send them over for our new microscopic research that is part of the genetics research! Awesome, right?! But there’s more… The faculty will also hand out caresheets about hedgehogs & tenrecs made by The Hedgehog Program, if they have a hedgehog or tenrec visiting their clinic! So a very big thank you for their help in the whole adventure and i hope we can someday collaborate on much, much more. Because that would be awesome!

Check their website

Animal park Bellingwolde

This partner is a pretty small one, or well.. not many people know about them because they are a privately owned zoo in the Northern part of The Netherlands and they only open their doors a few days a year. I hear they want to expand those days with a couple more, but i also know they have times in which they struggle with the finances. They’ve kindly offered to send some quills as well as some other interesting things to look at under a microscope if i ever want anything. So i wanted to do something back! They don’t have a GoFundMe or a donation link and their website is in Dutch, so i’ll explain their business for a bit.

Animal Park Bellingwolde (or Dierenpark Bellingwolde in Dutch) is a small and privately owned zoo in the Northern part of The Netherlands, in Bellingwolde. The owners started keeping exotic pets in 1996 and his love for them has expanded much like our passion for hedgehogs, and over time he needed a bigger house. In 2011, they bought a house with some ground to build enclosures and that’s how their goal to start a zoos for research & education began! Since summer 2018, they started opening their doors to the public for a few Saturdays a week and it was a success! But building enclosures and keeping up with maintenance is a costly business, even when you work with volunteers. They have a few ways to give them a bit of support, but a small donation to their cause is the easiest way if you’re not Dutch.

You can do a small gesture by donating money to their bank account. With this money they can built new enclosures, maintain the ones they have and renew parts of their zoo. If you do a donation, don’t forget to add your name and mail adress to the description so they can keep you updated.

IBAN nr.     NL97 INGB 0007 6967 76
I.n.o.           Kleindierpark Bellingwolde
City              Bellingwolde
Country     The Netherlands

Check their website

Microscopic research

Whilst we’re working on the last color section within our genetics research (the pink eyed colors), thanks to the donations made to our Paypal and GoFundMe campagne we have ordered our first microscope. With this, we can research hairs and quills from all colors of hedgehogs and tenrecs up close, to expand our researches.

On Facebook we have made a post to ask for quills and colored hairs and received a number of reply’s. But if you want to donate, please get in touch so we can explain the best method to send them here. You can use the contact page, our facebook page or mail directly to