BOS Foundation Rescues Another Baby Orangutan

BOS Foundation Rescues Another Baby Orangutan


Tragically, orphaned orangutans continue to arrive and on August 27, BOS Foundation and the Central Kalimantan BKSDA rescued a 2-year-old male orangutan from Habungen, a traditional gold mine in the Banama Tingang sub-district of Pulang Pisau Regency, Central Kalimantan. Avillager from Sepang, Gunung Mas Regency, had reported information on the orangutan to the Central Kalimantan BKSDA. The villager said that he found the baby on the side of a track leading to the mine. Scared and alone, it was evident that his mother had been killed.

Upon rescue, the baby was exhausted and weak, with a badly injured left arm. The Nyaru Menteng medical team conducted a full health examination, with X-rays revealing the baby’s swollen left wrist was fractured. His wound was thought to have been inflicted by a sharp instrument, such as a serampang, a local Dayak pitchfork.

An X-ray revealed a fractured left wrist

The baby is now undergoing intensive care and monitoring under our team of dedicated veterinarians and babysitters. Weighing just 4.4 kg, the baby will remain in quarantine for at least two months before he can join the other babies in the Nursery Group.

Our hearts go out to this little boy. We hope he gets better soon, so he can join the 16 other infants and toddlers in our new Baby House.

Text by: BOSF Communication Team

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PRM Team Observes Trio in Kehje Sewen

Our PRM team in the Kehje Sewen Forest recently set out on a patrol in the hope of locatingseveral orangutans that had gone unobserved for a while. The team were able to pick up Signe’s signal, and shortly after spotted her with her son, Bungaran, sitting atop a tree eating fruit.

Signe and Bungaran enjoy the bark

The mother-child pair looked healthy; Bungaran was seen actively moving from one branch to another, with Signe keeping a watchful eye over him while she enjoyed some ficus fruits. Every now and then, Bungaran approached his mother to request fruit. The PRM team’s presence did not seem to bother them much, and after a while Bungan joined them. The trio then spent the rest of the day together.

Bungan comes to join with Signe and Bungaran

In the late afternoon, clouds began to envelope the sky, and soon the rain came pouring down on the forest. From a distance, the PRM team observed as Signe attempted to shield her son from the rain with an umbrella-like cover she had fashioned from leaves.

With no sign the torrential rain was going to let up, the PRM team had to call it a day and head back to camp. We were delighted to have caught up with Signe, Bungaran, and Bungan, and in particular to see them in such great condition and adapting well to life in the wild.

Text by: PRM team in Nles Mamse camp, Kehje Sewen Forest

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Baby Jacqui Moves to New Baby House

Who could forget baby Jacqui, the beautiful little girl we rescued on January 12. Jacqui was found in Pilang village malnourished, injured and without her mother (read the full story here). Tragically we believe her mother was killed leaving Jacqui, like so many of our orangutans, orphaned.

After eight months of rehabilitation in our Orangutan Reintroduction center at Nyaru Menteng, Jacqui is now a very healthy 1 and half year old baby, weighing 5.9 kilograms. She is extremely independent and loves to climb trees and build nests from leaves and twigs. In the Nursery Group, Jacqui is very close to another orphaned baby Bumi (which means “earth” in Bahasa Indonesia); whenever Bumi gets scared, Jacqui is always there to comfort him and give him a hug like a doting big sister.

Jacqui and 15 other baby orangutan, including Mema, Zahri and Kalanis, love their new Baby House and we are so delighted to have been able to build this home with your support. Thank you for helping our babies learn and grown on their journey to freedom!

Text by: BOSF Communication Team

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#OrangutanDay of Freedom: BOS Foundation Marks International Orangutan Day with Public Event

The BOS Foundation, together with the support of some of Indonesia’s most-loved celebrities, isholding a public event to commemorate both Independence Day of the Republic of Indonesia andInternational Orangutan Day, and to highlight the orangutan and habitat conservation effort.

Jakarta, August 20th, 2017:The BOS Foundation, winner of the ‘Brand of the Year – Animalis Edition 2017-2018’ award, will celebrate the 72nd Independence Day of the Republic of Indonesia, as well as mark International Orangutan Day, which falls on August 19 annually, with the #OrangutanDay of Freedom event at fX Sudirman, Jakarta. With the theme #OrangutanFreedom, the event aims to raise awareness and funds for the BOS Foundation’s orangutan and habitat conservation activities in Central and East Kalimantan.

A number of Indonesian celebrities and artists have offered their support and will be joining the event: singers like Nugie, Melanie Subono, Oppie Andaresta, Sivia Azizah, and Ify Alyssa; a number of musical acts, such as Slank, Fade2Black, and Lightcraft; as well as some prominent figures from the arts and entertainment industry, such as Hilbram Dunar, Rukmi Wisnu Wardhani, Davina Veronica, and Riyanni Djangkaru, have either donated some of their private items for sale or will be performing on the day. The #OrangutanDay of Freedom event is part of a series of events organized by the BOS Foundation to mark this year’s International Orangutan Day. Two days prior, Director-General of Natural Resources Conservation and Ecosystem of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Ir. Wiratno, MSc., inaugurated the BOS Foundation’s new baby house at the Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Rehabilitation Center in Central Kalimantan, which will house 16 orangutan babies from the center’s Nursery group. This baby house is where orangutans aged four years and under will rest every night, after a busy day of climbing and playing in the nearby Forest School area. The #OrangutanDay of Freedom event at fX Sudirman is a collaborative effort between the BOS Foundation and the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK). Several other parties, including PT. Bank Central Asia Tbk., Fitness First Senayan City, and fX Sudirman Jakarta, will support the event and help highlight the orangutan and habitat conservation issue to the residents of Jakarta.

Dr. Ir. Jamartin Sihite, BOS Foundation CEO said, “Every day, we receive questions about orangutans, from both people abroad and from our fellow citizens. We can see there is considerably increasing interest from the public about orangutans and the habitat conservation effort. But we want to inform everyone and stress to them that as long as we, humans, need clean air, clean water, and a regulated climate, and if we want to avoid rivers flooding and landslides from occurring, then humans need to maintain the existence and quality of our remaining forests. And that nature has actually given us a great preserver of the forests: orangutans! Orangutans spread seeds and open the forest canopy to let sunlight reach the forest floor so plants can grow. So the key to forest conservation is actually orangutan safety.”

“The presence of our friends from the arts and entertainment industry here today, giving support to our cause, is a tremendously joyous thing. They have many followers, are role models to many, and inspire many people. Hopefully the participation of these great friends of the BOS Foundation can inspire more community members out there to help save orangutans and their habitats. “To mark the occasion, PT. Bank Central Asia (BCA) Tbk. will symbolically hand over a donation to support the various orangutan and habitat conservation activities undertaken by the BOS Foundation. BCA has provided moral and financial support to a number of BOS Foundation activities since 2013.

Inge Setiawati, Executive Vice President Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) PT. Bank Central Asia Tbk., said, “BCA, through its CSR program, has provided support for the orangutan and habitat conservation efforts undertaken by the BOS Foundation, as we believe that wild animals such as orangutans should live freely in their natural habitats. We also believe that greater support can be provided by the general public. Therefore, on this day, BCA supports this awareness-raising public event. We very much hope that by holding such events, Indonesians will become more aware of the importance of saving orangutans and their habitats.”

Minister of Environment and Forestry of the Republic of Indonesia, Dr. Ir. Siti Nurbaya Bakar, MSc., also gave full support to orangutan conservation efforts, including this awareness-raising public event.

Dr. Ir. Siti Nurbaya Bakar, MSc., Minister of Environment and Forestry of the Republic of Indonesia, offered her support for the orangutan conservation effort, and said: “We at the Ministry of Environment and Forestry want to remind everyone that our forests and forest biodiversity are invaluable assets, not only for us in Indonesia, but for all mankind. Good quality forests support the lives of all living things, including humans. Therefore, I and all the staff of the ministerial office will always try as hard as possible to preserve these assets. We at the Ministry welcome all conservation efforts undertaken by organizations, groups, and individuals, including the orangutan and habitat conservation effort by the BOS Foundation. We are aware that this conservation effort cannot be carried out partially and individually. All of us, including the central and local governments, communities, community groups, the private sector, and both environmental and social organisations, are stakeholders. We all benefit from the existence of sustainable forests. Let us work hand in hand to create a sustainable forest and well-preserved biodiversity for the sake of our future generations. “Founded in 1991, the BOS Foundation works to rescue orangutans in Kalimantan, particularly in Central and East Kalimantan provinces, and focuses its activities on rescue, rehabilitation and release efforts, as well as long-term conservation of orangutan populations and their habitats. After a decade of unsuccessful orangutan release to natural forests, the BOS Foundation managed to overcome a huge obstacle by obtaining a permit for the management of a forest area and immediately recommenced its orangutan release program in 2012. Since then, the BOS Foundation has released 301 orangutans back to the forests of Borneo. The BOS Foundation expresses its gratitude to the parties that have helped this event take place: fX Sudirman, for providing a great venue; Fitness First Senayan City; and all stakeholders for their support and contribution to the conservation of this critically endangered species.



Djati Witjaksono Hadi

Head of Public Relations Bureau The Ministry of Environment and Forestry

Email: djatiwhadi@yahoo.com

PT. Bank Central Asia Tbk.

Corporate Secretary Division – Corporate Communication Sub Division

Public Relation Bureau

Jl. MH Thamrin No. 1 BCA Grand Indonesia lt.20, Jakarta Pusat

Email: humas@bca.co.id

Paulina Laurensia Ela

BOSF Communication Specialist

Email: pauline@orangutan.or.id


Editor’s Note:


Founded in 1991, the BOS Foundation is a non-profit Indonesian organization dedicated to the conservation of Bornean orangutans and their natural habitats, working together with local communities, the Ministry of Environment and Forestry of the Republic of Indonesia, and international partner organizations.

The BOS Foundation currently has around 650 orangutans in two rehabilitation centres, with support from 440 highly dedicated staff and experts in the fields of primatology, biodiversity, ecology, forest rehabilitation, agroforestry, community empowerment, communications, education, and orangutan welfare. For further information, please visit www.orangutan.or.id.

Noor, Queen of the Jungle

For many months we had tried to track and observe Noor. This impressive female with a dark face and long hair had proven to be very difficult to locate; first, because her radio tracking device had become inactive; and second, because she had cleverly learned to evade us.

You could say that Noor’s personality is more like that of the Queen of Hearts than Alice – she often gets upset at observers and will chase them away to keep them out of her wonderland. Luckily for us, she showed up this month and honored us with her presence for a few days.

The Queen of Hearts hangs on the tree

When we spotted Noor from our boats along the river bank, she had already seen us first and was observing us intently. Keeping a close eye on us and watching every move we made, anybody would think Noor was the one observing and taking notes on us! She hid behind a log and took fleeting glances at her human visitors, just as they would have done to observe her.

Clearly we weren’t very exciting to watch and she soon got bored and started grooming herself. This is when we started to learn the secrets behind Noor’s beauty: looking fit and healthy, she took her time to very carefully prime every single strand of her lustrous hair. After completing her hair regime, the majestic red queen suddenly became a goofy Alice. Oblivious to her size, Noor moved off through the forest choosing branches too small to hold her weight, which cracked and broke in her wake. She picked up speed in an effort to stop herself from falling, but after three broken branches was unable to avoid the inevitable and swiftly fell on her bottom.

Like a queen keeping up appearances before her loyal subjects, Noor glared back at us, as if waiting for us to show her the respect she demanded. With her pride barely intact, Queen Noor turned her back on her human observers and moved off to forage for forest fruits.

Until we meet again, your highness!

Text by: Alizee Martin, PRM Coordinator Batikap

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[PRESS RELEASE] BOS Foundation and Central Kalimantan BKSDA Release 12 More Orangutans to BBBRNP

Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Foundation, in cooperation with the Central Kalimantan BKSDA, will release another 12 orangutans from the Central Kalimantan Orangutan Reintroduction Center in Nyaru Menteng to the Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park (BBBRNP) in Katingan Regency. This will be the sixth release into the national park, and the 18th release by the BOS Foundation in Central Kalimantan since 2012. Read more

16 Orangutan Babies Celebrate Independence Day in Their New Baby House!

Following a year-long campaign and several months of construction, the brand new Baby House at the BOS Foundation’s Orangutan Reintroduction Center in Nyaru Menteng (Nyaru Menteng) is finally ready to accommodate our baby orangutans from the Nursery Group. A day after Independence Day of the Republic of Indonesia, our sixteen babies have a new home!

In response to all of the new arrivals, BOS Foundation launched a fund-raising campaign to build a new Baby House in December 2015 and commenced construction in mid-2016. BOS Foundation has built new Baby Houses in both of our orangutan rehabilitation centers: Nyaru Menteng in Central Kalimantan and Samboja Lestari in East Kalimantan.

The new Baby House is equipped with an indoor playground and enrichment facilities as well as a special Forest School located less than 100 meters away designed for the Nursery Group orangutans. After a 20-month wait, baby orangutans in Nyaru Menteng will finally be able to enjoy the new facilities and comfort of their new home.

Huge thanks to all who supported this beautiful home!

Text by: BOSF Communication Team

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BOS Foundation, Central Kalimantan BKSDA, Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park (TNBBBR) Agency Release 12 More Orangutans to TNBBBR in Central Kalimantan


In keeping with the #OrangutanFreedom campaign goal of releasing 100 orangutans to conservation forests this year, the BOS Foundation (BOSF), Central Kalimantan BKSDA, and the Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park (TNBBBR) Agency have again worked together to release rehabilitated orangutans from Nyaru Menteng.

Twelve orangutans from Nyaru Menteng were released to the TNBBBR in Central Kalimantan in the 18th orangutan release by BOSF Nyaru Menteng. This event takes the total number of rehabilitated orangutans released from Nyaru Menteng to 30 so far this year. Read more

BOS Foundation, Central Kalimantan BKSDA, Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park (TNBBBR) Agency Release 12 More Orangutans to TNBBBR in Central Kalimantan

In keeping with the #OrangutanFreedom campaign goal of releasing 100 orangutans to conservation forests this year, the BOS Foundation (BOSF), Central Kalimantan BKSDA, and the Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park (TNBBBR) Agency have again worked together to release rehabilitated orangutans from Nyaru Menteng.

Twelve orangutans from Nyaru Menteng were released to the TNBBBR in Central Kalimantan in the 18th orangutan release by BOSF Nyaru Menteng. This event takes the total number of rehabilitated orangutans released from Nyaru Menteng to 30 so far this year.

The twelve orangutans included eight females and four males, which were divided into two batches and dispatched on different days. The first batch – Elin, Heidi, Cameron, Geragu, Tubagus, and Tuhe – departed from Nyaru Menteng on August 2, and were released the following day. Meanwhile, the second batch, which included Seruni, Suryani, Mariam, Niken, Pak Edi and Otong,departed on August 4, and were released the next day.

Our release teams sedated the orangutans at around 3 p.m. on the day of departure, then transferred them into transport cages in the Nyaru Menteng quarantine complex, ready for the long journey.

Orangutan health check


The team leaves Nyaru Menteng to TNBBBR

Once the orangutans were checked by a vet, they departed from Nyaru Menteng with the release team. The journey from Nyaru Menteng to the TNBBBR took about six hours by car. As always, our team followed strict protocol throughout the journey; stopping every two hours to check on the orangutans, and offer them food and water.

Checking in on orangutans throughout the trip

Upon reaching Tumbang Tundu Village, the team took small motor boats known locally as ‘ces’ or ‘kelotok’ on a five-hour journey along the river.

On approach at the river bank near camp, the transport cages were lifted one by one from the boats and carried to pre-determined release points located in the TNBBBR. The twelve orangutans were soon released into their natural habitat and could taste true freedom in their new home!

Transferring transport cages from the boats

Malik opens the Geragu’s cage

Agus opens the Tubagus’s cage

The BOS Foundation has released 47 orangutans to the Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park. With these 12, the number of orangutans released to the TNBBBR now stands at 59 individuals. This release has increased the total number of orangutans released by the BOS Foundation to 301 orangutans.

The BOS Foundation would like to express gratitude for the support of all parties and their contributions to assisting the conservation effort in Indonesia.

Text by: BOS Foundation Communications Team

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