The Royal Dutch Zoological Society was founded in 1872. As stated in the Aims, the society aims to 'promote zoological research in the widest sense'. To this end, the society's main activities are:
The annual Dutch Zoology Prize (since 1991).
ZOOLOGY (formerly the Benelux Congress of Zoology), a zoology congress that is held annually alternatingly in The Netherlands and Belgium, organised by the KNDV or our Belgian counterpart, the Royal Belgian Zoological Society. Since 2001 the Distinguished Zoologist Lecture is delivered during the meeting in the Netherlands.
The journal Animal Biology (previously Netherlands Journal of Zoology, before that Archives Néerlandaises de Zoologie), which is published on behalf of the KNDV. Animal Biology is an international scientific journal catering for all aspects of modern zoology.
The organisation of symposia.
Awarding travel grants to young zoology undergraduate students.
The Society founded the Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ). In 1990 the NIOZ separated from the KNDV and is now under the auspices of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). Today, NIOZ is the second largest of NWO's national centres of expertise. A legacy truly to be proud of.