Students talk primates with BBC presenter Ben Garrod

February 17, 2017

Six students from the Lower Sixth at Hurst College attended a talk by BBC TV presenter and Zoologist Ben Garrod, whose TV series Secrets of Bones has just finished airing on BBC Four.

The talk was held at James Allen’s Girls’ School, Dulwich and was part of the ‘Roots n Shoots’ education programme for young people, run by the Jane Goodall Foundation and sponsored by Actor Colin Firth, CBE.

Garrod spoke about primate behaviour and the relationship between primates and humans. He showed the students his research, footage and photographs and spoke at length about how primates learn and the comparisons that can be drawn between infant and juvenile chimpanzees and human babies.

Garrod has presented several television programmes, including BBC One’s Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur with Sir David Attenborough (2016) and short films for The One Show (BBC One, 2014). He is also a scientific writer for The Guardian newspaper.

After the talk the students were given the opportunity to talk to Garrod about the issues surrounding chimpanzees in captivity.