Our 'Big 6'

Visitors of African savannas are familiar with the so-called 'Big 5', which represent some of the large, wild animals that make safaris so iconic.

The Herpetofauna Foundation has, partly inspired by these iconic animals, compiled its own list of projects/animals that we want to promote and support prominently. These animals form our 'big 6' and are a representation of species from different animal groups that are representative of the problems faced by many reptiles and amphibians, but certainly also reflect the importance and beauty. They are part of our regular project support and also receive extra educational attention during our events and symposia.


King cobra
Ophiophagus hannah

For many years, the king cobra is getting increasingly more endangered by the loss of habitat and many is still unknown about this special snake species.


Antillian iguana
(Iguana delicatissima)

Within the Dutch Caribbean, the Antillean iguana (Iguana delicatissima) is only found on St. Eustatius, an island of 21 km2. The species is under great pressure from multiple threats.

(Gavialis gangeticus)

The gharial (Gavialis gangeticus) is a very special, but also very endangered species of crocodile, which only occurs in a few places in India and Nepal.


Leatherback seaturtle
Dermochelys coriacea

In recent years many Leatherback seaturtles have been killed as they eat plastic bags, mistaking it for food.


Harlequin toad
Atelopus varius

The clown frog of harlequin toad is a well-known species in South America. It is feared that they are in danger of extinction. Research is necessary.


Fire salamander
(Salamandra salamandra)

The fire salamander was found throughout the Netherlands in the recent past. As of this moment, only a very small number of these animals occur.