Justin and Reckie Adapt Well to Forest Life

It was 5 a.m., and the PRM team should have already left on its mission that day to locate orangutans in their nests. However, it was still raining from the night before, and knowing that orangutans do not rise and start the day in wet weather, the team waited until 7 a.m. before heading out in […]

Justin and Reckie Adapt Well to Forest Life

It was 5 a.m., and the PRM team should have already left on its mission that day to locate orangutans in their nests. However, it was still raining from the night before, and knowing thatorangutans do not rise and start the day in wet weather, the team waited until 7 a.m. before heading out in search of transmitter signals. On that particular day, the team had planned to observe Justin (male) and Reckie (female), who were both released in April this year.

Upon locating Justin and Reckie that morning, both were spotted still relaxing in their nests and had not risen for the day, as expected.

Justin and Reckie had been seen together two days earlier, with Justin following Reckie wherever she ventured. Both moved through the trees together, ate in the same tree, and scratched each other’s backs.

Reckie was seen occasionally stealing food from Justin, who didn’t object. Perhaps Justin was hoping for a returned favour; for we saw him approach Reckie in a sexual manner several times,only to meet her refusal. Justin and Reckie were once spotted resting together in the same tree, without engaging in sexual activity. Perhaps Reckie just want to take it slow?

Justin and Reckie ate a wide varietyof forest food together, including bark, fruit, and young leaves. They also climbed down to the forest floor to forage for shoots and termites.

As usual, that afternoon, Justin started building his night nest earlier than Reckie, with both positioning their nests in close proximity to each other (about 10-20 meters apart).

Both Justin and Reckie were in sound health and foraging well, while maintaining a good balancein activities post-release in the Kehje Sewen Forest.

Keep thriving, Justin and Reckie!

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

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[PRESS RELEASE] BOS Foundation Receives World Branding Award

Jakarta, June 22, 2017. Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Foundation receives another global recognition for their dedication and commitment to saving Bornean orangutans and their habitat. In an event held in the Throne Room of the Hofburg Palace,Vienna, the official office and residence of the President of Austria, Dr. Jamartin Sihite, CEO and Jacqueline Sunderland-Groves, Deputy […]

[PRESS RELEASE] BOS Foundation Receives World Branding Award

JakartaJune 22, 2017Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Foundation receives another global recognition for their dedication and commitment to saving Bornean orangutans and their habitat. In an event held in the Throne Room of the Hofburg Palace, Vienna, the official office and residence of the President of Austria, Dr. Jamartin Sihite, CEO and Jacqueline Sunderland-Groves, Deputy CEO of BOS Foundation proudly received the Animalis Edition of the World Branding Award. The Animalis Edition is the international top accolade decided by an advisory council that is made up of luminaries from the world of pet and animal care, and welfare and conservation.

Dr. Ir. Jamartin SihiteBOS Foundation CEO said, “We are extremely honored to receive this award, in recognition of our hard work and commitment to conserving Bornean orangutans over the last 25 years. We have faced many challenges and each one of those experiences has taught us valuable lessons. We have rescued more than 2,300 orangutans over a quarter of a century, and we are still rehabilitating around 650 Bornean orangutans within our 2 rehabilitation centers for their eventual return to safe wild habitat. Our 440 highly dedicated staff work around the clock to ensure the welfare and conservation of orangutans.

We are not alone in our task. To be able to conserve nature, we must work together and now more than ever, we need everyone to join hands to safeguard our remaining forest and its wildlife. This is a global effort and wherever you are, we need to cherish and respect what nature has given us. To this end, this award is a symbol. A symbol of hope, that we, the people of this planet, will stand and work together to conserve nature.”

Founded in 1991, BOS Foundation works to save Bornean orangutans in Central and East Kalimantan provinces focusing on orangutan rescue, rehabilitation and reintroduction; and the long-term conservation of wild orangutan populations and their habitat. After a decade of being unable to release orangutans back to the forest, the Foundation overcame a major challenge in securing safe wild habitat and recommenced their orangutan reintroduction program in 2012. Since then, BOS Foundation has reintroduced 282 orangutans back to forests of Borneo. BOS Foundation works together with the government of Indonesia, local communities, the private sector and conservation organisations from around the world.

The World Branding Award is an annual event organised by The World Branding Forum, a registered non-profit organisation in England and Wales. Awards are only presented to the very top household names, recognized globally and in their home countries and BOS Foundation thanks all those who supported and voted for our organization.


Nico Hermanu

Communication Officer

Email: nico@orangutan.or.id


Editor’s Note:


Founded in 1991, 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.

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.

Cindy a Remarkable Mother to Riwut

Cindy and Riwut, a mother-infant pair, have been living in Central Kalimantan’s Bukit Batikap Conservation Forest for almost four years now. I recently accompanied a monitoring team into the forest, where we were lucky to find Cindy and Riwut looking healthy as they went about their daily activities high up in the trees.

Cindy a Remarkable Mother to Riwut

Cindy and Riwut, a mother-infant pair, have been living in Central Kalimantan’s Bukit Batikap Conservation Forest for almost four years now. I recently accompanied a monitoring team into the forest, where we were lucky to find Cindy and Riwut looking healthy as they went about their daily activities high up in the trees.

At first, I spotted Riwut playing alone in a fallen tree, whilst mum Cindy observed from above. Once Riwut became aware of our presence, she scampered to Cindy, seeking refuge.

Riwut plays alone

Cindy and Riwut

The two quickly moved away through the forest canopy, eventually stopping at a tree to consume its bark. Both mother and offspring stayed awhile to enjoy their bark snack, and then continued on their exploration of the Bukit Batikap Conservation Forest.

After several hours of observation, Cindy and Riwut again became aware of ourpresence; Mother Cindy kiss-squeaked to voice her displeasure at being disturbed.

Cindy and Riwut become aware they are being observed

Uncomfortable with being watched from below, both quickly moved away again to evade their observers. The pair was quick, and we lost them in no time. As the sun was about to set, we decided to call it a day and head back to camp.

During my observations of the pair, I noticed that Riwut has learned a lot from Cindy: she is not breastfeeding as much as before, and is beginning to display good foraging skills.

It was completely satisfying to see the progress of this mother-infant pair in the wild. Cindy is a wonderful mother who continues to patiently and calmly teach her daughter the ways of life in the forest. I hope one day Riwut will become an amazing mother just like Cindy!

Text and photos by: Arga Sawung Kusuma, BOSF Nyaru Menteng Veterinarian

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Update on Long and Arief

Our PRM team from Camp Nles Mamse, in the southern part of the Kehje Sewen Forest, recently set off in the morning to conduct observations on some of our released orangutans. The team used radio transmitters to pick up signals emitted by the chips implanted in the orangutans, and on that day were able to pick up […]

Update on Long and Arief

Our PRM team from Camp Nles Mamse, in the southern part of the Kehje Sewen Forest, recently set off in the morning to conduct observations on some of our released orangutans. The team used radio transmitters to pick up signals emitted by the chips implanted in the orangutans, and on that day were able to pick up signals from Long and Arief, a non-biological mother-and-son pair released in August 2015.

The sweet story of Long and Arief began at Samboja Lestari when one day, Long, an adult female, moved away from her group to explore an area she had never been to before. She accidently moved into the Forest School Group 1 area, where Arief was busy learning. To everybody’s surprise, Long suddenly picked Arief up and carried him off in her arms. Still very young and in desperate need of a mother’s touch, Arief accepted Long’s affection, and the two became inseparable. (Read their story here: Long’s Love for Arief)

When the team picked up their signals and encountered them in the forest, Long and Arief were spotted together, relaxing in a tree. Long was still doting over Arief, just as she had done in Samboja Lestari from the very first day she had taken him under her wing.

On the day of observation, Long and Arief spent a lot of time up in the trees, and only climbed down to pluck shoots and forage for termites in weathered logs. That day, the two looked very satisfied with the natural food they consumed

Long eats termites

Arief eats termites, following Long’s lead

In general, both Long and Arief looked to be in perfect condition, and ate a healthy amount of forest food. Long was seen patiently teaching Arief how to forage and move through the trees, fulfilling her motherly duty of arming him with the life skills he needs to survive in the wild.

Arief appeared to be growing well, and with help from his surrogate mother, looks well on his way to becoming an independent orangutan in the Kehje Sewen Forest.

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

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Zahri Needs Your Help!

Zahri arrived with two bullets in his body. He needs urgent medical care. He is one of many orphaned orangutans needing our help. Help us to save him and other’s lives!

A few weeks ago a little baby orangutan was delivered to us by BKSDA from the Bukit Batu Mentangai Kapuas area. We don’t know much about his history, but he arrived malnourished with 2 gunshot pellets buried in his tiny body.

Our team is giving him the round the clock care he needs to recover and we have called him Zahri. Zahri is still in quarantine and once he is strong enough, we can see if surgery is the best option to help him fully recover.

Zahri like many of the orphaned infants we receive will need a lot of love and care to help him recover both physically and mentally.

Please donate and help us provide all the medical care he needs at http://donation.orangutan.or.id/ and note that your donation is for ZAHRI.