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Leading expert
We are the leading expert specialized in hedgehogs and tenrecs, collaborating with rescues, breeders and nature education organisations.

Collaborations

Collaborations form a key part to our success. Without these organisations, we wouldn't be able to do our research and organise events.

Passionate volunteers

Our volunteers are passionated people that work with hedgehogs and tenrecs daily. They help write educational articles and provide advice to owners of pet species.
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In loving memoriam

Judith’s brother Harrie made her promise to keep working with animals as her passion for hedgehogs developed. Unfortunately Harrie passed away unexpectedly a few months later on october 14, 2014. Five years later, as Judith developed her hobby into a business, she registered The Hedgehog Program into the Dutch Chamber of Commerce in honor of her brother on october 14, 2019. Because her brother only had met her first breeding stud Archie, she made the logo for The Hedgehog Program based on the only hedgehog he has ever held and ordered a painting of Archie from Danielle Tomlinson Art in 2020. In may 2021, she got the painting tattooed on her leg as a reminder of the promise she made. In loving memory of her brother, The Hedgehog Program now exists as a non-invasive research and education platform. A new logo has been made in 2022 after entering a new stage of research and education, but the promise always remains..

The Hedgehog Program to me is a way to educate people about nature and the consequences of very small changes in our own habits to improve the quality of biodiversity. It’s much more then hedgehogs and tenrecs alone. It a way of living.

Meet our team

Judith Duinkerken
Owner
Lizl van Vreden
Volunteer
Sarah Bessie
Volunteer
Saundra Swain
Volunteer
Chelsey Vermillion
Volunteer
Nicola Hocking
Volunteer
Jay Proctor
Volunteer
Nikki Kulak
Volunteer

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