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
2009, Presenter - Television
2000, Presenter - Television
1992 - 2003, Presenter - Television
1991, Presenter - Television
1991 - 1992, Guest - Television
1994, Presenter - Television