Mr. Alex van Hooff – Chair
“I am the director of Royal Burgers’ Zoo in Arnhem, the Netherlands. Burgers’ Zoo is a family business and I am very proud to say that the zoo has been in my family for a 100 years now. My great-grandfather Johan Burgers officially opened the zoo on 30 March 1913. I now run the business with my wife, with support from my mother as management adviser.
As an organization we aspire to put our passion, wonderment and admiration for nature into the service of nature conservation and we support many conservation projects worldwide. It is also why we have been the main sponsor for Future For Nature for the past ten years. Every year we donate 150,000 euros to the Foundation to be used for active nature conservation work.
My favourite places on earth are Belize and the Azores. In cooperation with the International Tropical Conservation Foundation (ITCF), Burgers’ Zoo protects the Shipstern Reserve in Belize. Because of the effective nature protection measures in this special Central American country, many areas are still in a pristine state. The Azores attracts me because of the high number of cetaceans that live around this group of islands”.