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From mid-May to July you may find oak trees all over the Netherlands wrapped in red-white warning tape. This is because of the oak processionary moth (OPM, or 'eikenprocessierups' in Dutch). The poisonous bristles of these critters cause a lot of discomfort to both humans and animals; severe itching is the most well-known consequence.

Watch out for oak processionary caterpillars

From mid-May to July you may find oak trees all over the Netherlands wrapped in red-white warning tape. This is because of the oak...
wolf

Wolves return to the Netherlands

Did you know that the very first wolf in the Netherlands in over a century has been spotted several times during this sunny weekend? The...
pets

Cats and dogs in the Netherlands

Did you know there are around 3.6 million cats and 2.1 million dogs in the Netherlands? Statics show that one out of two households in...
giant pandas

Panda mania

Did you know that giant pandas Wu Wen and Xing Ya will be arriving at Schiphol Airport tonight? After 16 years of negotiations and...
dog tax

Dog tax

Did you know that all dog owners in the Netherlands have to pay dog tax? The amount is set by the municipality and additional...

More than 600 wildlife crossings in the Netherlands

Did you know that wildlife bridges ('ecoduct' in Dutch) are designed to help animals like deers and wild boars safely cross busy highways? There...
Did you know that the wild boar was officially declared extinct in the Netherlands in 1826 until Prince Hendrik introduced them back into a forest near his residence in 1907? This way he could hunt for wild boars without having to go abroad.

Wild boars introduced back by Prince Hendrik

Did you know that the wild boar was officially declared extinct in the Netherlands in 1826 until Prince Hendrik introduced them back into a...
Bokito

Bokito: The most famous primate of the Netherlands

Did you know that silverback gorilla Bokito is celebrating his 20th birthday today? This 180kg alpha male made headlines worldwide in 2007 when he jumped...
peewit eggs

Frisian tradition: finding peewit eggs

Did you know that it is a Frisian tradition to offer the first found lapwing egg to the Queen's Commissioner of Friesland? The northern...
Apenheul

Mingle with monkeys at Apenheul

Did you know that Apenheul was the first primate park in the world where apes and monkeys can walk around freely and mingle with...