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Apes bully too, yet it never escalates. What can we learn from this?

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Who are we


Apemanagement® was founded in October 2002 in the Netherlands. Since the collaboration with the Dutch Primate Park Apenheul in 2005 and the publication of the book Help, mijn baas is een aap! (Help, my boss is a Gorilla!) in 2004, the workshops and training courses have really taken off. In the first years, all workshops focused on social behaviour in the workplace. From 2010 we widened our portfolio and increased the number of topics and areas of interest. In 2012 we added the ‘bullying among children’ theme, Beastly bullies.


We have been offering our services in the United Kingdom since 2012. In May 2014 we introduced the Beastly Bully workshops for teachers in the UK.


Our team consists of 11 members three countries, some permanently employed, some flexibly employed.



Patrick van Veen


Biologist Patrick van Veen is the founder and owner of Apemanagement®

He completed his biology studies at the Faculty of Biology of Utrecht University in 1993. He then worked as a freelance advisor. In 1997 he changed his career and became a project manager in the insurance industry.

In 2002 he started Apemanagement®. He works as a freelance biologist, writer, advisor to companies, delivers presentations and runs training courses, and is consulted by the press as an expert. He is PhD candidate at the Radboud University Nijmegen (Netherlands), studying Bullying behaviour in primary school children.


Moreover, Patrick van Veen is Vice-Chair of the Jane Goodall Institute Global Board.



November 2004: Help, mijn baas is een aap (Help! My Boss is a Gorilla), describing social behaviour in organisations from a biological perspective. In Dutch and German available

May 2007: Dierbare Collega’s (Monkey See Monkey Do), a photo-and textbook which is the result of the cooperation with Apenheul. Available in Dutch and English.

May 2009: Kuddegedrag in crisistijd (Herd behaviour in times of crisis, a biological view on human behaviour), an essay on the financial crises. Only available in Dutch.

September 2012: Pestkop-apenkop (Beastly Bullies), bullying in the school-class from a biological perspective. Only available in Dutch.

February 2014: Oerinstincten van de liefde (Instinctive love) how humans and primates find their partners for live. Only available in Dutch.



Dr Katalin Csatádi 


is a Hungarian biologist who has been living in the United Kingdom since 2007. Throughout her professional career she has had possibilities to have an insight into the behaviour of apes through studying the behaviour of bonobos, chimpanzee like creatures both in zoos and in the wilds of Africa.

She manifested her passion for apes through founding and managing the Hungarian office of the Jane Goodall Institute, an international NGO for education and conservation. Her interest in apes and in management lead her to learn about Apemanagement® wich she joined in 2011 and has been assisting in the setting up of the UK programme.



Sarah Mutsaers


Sarah Mutsaers studied Animal Husbandry at Van Hall Larenstein, University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands. In addition to this, she followed a few courses on behavioural therapy for animals. From 2006 till 2013 she worked for the educational services of the Safaripark Beekse Bergen, a wildlife zoo. She also joined Apemanagement® in 2009. Together with Patrick van Veen, Sarah wrote the book Pestkop-apenkop (Beastly-bullies). This book tells what apes can teach us about bullying on the playground.

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