Ambassador Freek Vonk


Freek is an award-winning evolutionary biologist from the Netherlands where he is a research fellow at the Naturalis Biodiversity Centre in Leiden. His research is focused on the venom of toxic animals, their molecular structure and how they can be applied in the field of medicine.


From snakes to scorpions!

Freek’s research takes him all over the world, often to investigate the DNA, and conduct evolutionary checks on a wide range of dangerous wildlife. From snakes, spiders and scorpions through to all manner of lizards and even crocodiles, Freek regularly goes toe-to-toe with many of the most deadly animals known to man. Though unlike you or I Freek does so with unrivalled enthusiasm! Thanks to his incomparable expertise and his zeal for dangerous creatures Freek is now a household name, having written for numerous newspapers and appearing regularly on television.