Dutch Profiles: Primatologist Professor Jan van Hooff

Professor Jan Van Hooff at a conference in The Hague in 2014
Professor Jan Van Hooff at a conference in The Hague in 2014 (© Wikimedia/Vera de Kok)

Born in 1936, Jan van Hooff’s childhood predestined him to become a famous animal behavorist. After all, his parents were the directors of Burghers Zoo in Arnhem, and this is where he grew up. During his illustrious career, Jan Van Hooff has been in charge of the renowned Chimpanzee Consortium at the Arnhem Zoo, has been a professor of animal behavior at the University of Utrecht, served as secretary-general of the International Primatological Society and chairman of the Netherlands Jan Goodall Institute, and he has written numerous books about what he knows about apes. In this lively discussion with Anne-Blair Gould for Dutch Profiles, professor Van Hooff explains what chimps might mean when they put on their “play face”. Are they laughing? Do they have a sense of humor? Well, one thing we know for sure: apes practice morality.

Produced and presented by Anne Blair-Gould