Hello! My name is Olivia and I was born on March 3 1975. I was purchased from Primate Imports in May 1976 by the Coulston Foundation, a biomedical research lab. Almost immediately upon arrival at the Coulston Foundation, I was placed on a hepatitis study requiring weekly blood draws and frequent liver biopsies. I would often twirl in circles as a way for me to alleviate some of the stress I was going through. At a young age, I was entered into the breeding program and for the next fifteen years, I gave birth to 11 babies. However, all of them were quickly taken away from me.
After being rescued by Save the Chimps, I kept a positive attitude and am always willing to share a smile with those around me. For chimpanzees retired from biomedical research and breeding programs, sanctuary life provides choices we have never had before. I am a really sweet chimp who loves relaxing with my friend Opal. I am also super goofy and love making my friends and human caregivers crack a smile. One of my favorite foods are mixed nuts and I love going out exploring. I currently live on Lou’s island with a bunch of rambunctious boys who keep me entertained.
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