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Ruud Kleinpaste


Always happy to share his face with a wētā, entomologist and 'Bug Man' Ruud Kleinpaste is one of the insect world’s best friends. After moving to New Zealand from Holland in 1978, his work with MAF created a media profile for him which led to a long-running radio show, and a television career that saw Buggin’ with Ruud, his show for American cable network Animal Planet, screen in over 60 countries.

Bugs are fabulously adapted to their environment; over millions of years they’ve evolved to become the fantastic creatures they are. We have an obligation to look after them and every animal on the planet – for science, technology and medicine and for the stability of the Earth’s interconnected ecosystems. Ruud Kleinpaste in North and South, November 2007