Andy Cockrum via Crowdrise
May 15, 2012
BENEFITING: PRIMARILY PRIMATES INC
Donate a $25.00 or more, get a T-shirt and help an amazing chimpanzee named Oliver get a new green space addition to his habitat!
Project Oliver is an effort to build a new green space for a chimpanzee named Oliver who lives at a Texas animal sanctuary. The $60,000 goal is to build a large dome shaped habitat which can be constructed in a manner of weeks after funding is raised. That dome could be shared with other chimpanzees at the sanctuary. Tunnels would allow them to take turns using this new grass bottomed habitat. If this fundraising goal is not reached, a back-up goal of between $10,000-$30,000 would build Oliver a grass bottomed addition to his current habitat. (You can see mock-up's of both concepts in the photos to the left.)
Here is the story.
In the 1970s, Oliver the chimpanzee was touted as the “Humanzee” or “The Missing Link.” Purportedly part human and part chimpanzee, he walked upright and it is claimed that he smoked cigars and drank whiskey while watching television with his owner.
Because of his seemingly human-like characteristics, Oliver drew the attention of Japanese scientists and was flown to Japan for genetic testing, where he appeared on Japanese television and was seen by more 20 million viewers. The results of the testing proved inconclusive, however, and Oliver eventually disappeared from the public eye.
In 1998, the Buckshire Corporation agreed to release several laboratory chimpanzees to the Primarily Primates animal sanctuary in Texas. When they arrived, one of these chimpanzees didn’t crawl out of his transport cage — he walked out completely upright. This chimpanzee’s name was Oliver. Oliver had spent seven years locked up alone in a small cage and his muscles had atrophied.
Today, Oliver still lives at Primarily Primates, where he shares his current enclosure with another chimpanzee named Raisin, and where sanctuary staff are hoping to build him a new home. Primarily Primates already has several large grass-bottomed habitats for many of its chimpanzees and we'd like to help them raise funds to build a new, larger, grass habitat for Oliver. This year Oliver turns 55 and the truth is, he may not live to see this green space become a reality. But I'd like to give him the chance.
A plan is already in place and now all we need is $60,000 to give Oliver and his habitat mate, Raisin, the opportunity to once again walk on grass. A company near San Antonio is ready to build the structure which is a large dome that features a grass bottom, and other elements such as hammocks to give Oliver a more enriching life. Once the money is raised, actual construction takes less than 2 weeks so it is possible that Oliver may soon be able to walk, sit and sleep in grass again.
I'm hoping for the best, and believe Oliver can have this opportunity, but if he does pass away before the dome is complete, don't worry it won't go to waste. There are several other chimpanzees at the sanctuary who can take advantage of this beautiful new green space, which was inspired by Oliver, a most incredible chimpanzee.
For more info about Oliver, please go to our website;
For more info about the Primarily Primates Animal Sanctuary;
I truly believe we can make this a reality and appreciate you support either through your donations, or sharing this cause with any friends or family that you think this may interest.