Very sad news....
I am very sad to have to announce that Henk Zwartepoorte has, totally unexpected, passed away. Henk was the passionate founder and President of the "ReHerp Foundation".
We had only just started with the realization of his dream; an organization that cared for and bred highly endangered reptiles and amphibians. It’s aim is to reintroduce them later, in cooperation with the local population, to their original habitat.
Thanks to his dedication, knowledge and extensive network he was ‘the man for the job’. As reptile and amphibian keeper Henk enjoyed a great reputation in the zoo world. Henk was a much consulted authority for zoo’s and also for private holders of these cold-blooded animals. Henk also had numerous positions in both national and international organizations that are professionally engaged in keeping reptiles and amphibians.
Henk was not just an icon in his field of expertise; he was a good person.
We will miss him incredibly in all his various capacities. On behalf of the "Foundation ReHerp" I want to wish his wife Mary strength to bear this great loss.
We will all miss our Henk ...
Rest in peace fellow.
Chris Peters (Secretary); On behalf of the Board.