About Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Australia
Orangutans need our help!
They are an endangered species, with an estimated 50,000 left in the wild. The greatest threat to their survival is the extensive destruction of the rainforest. Some experts say about 6,000 orangutans are disappearing every year and without our collective help orangutans could be extinct in the wild within our lifetime.
We work to save the orangutan by rescuing and rehabilitating them, with an ultimate goal of releasing them back to the forest where they will be safe from human development, poaching and farming.
Borneo Orangutan Survival Australia (BOSA) is a volunteer organisation raising funds for rescued orangutans since 2001.
We are totally dependent on support from adoptions, sales of our merchandise and donations to help save the orangutan and the rainforest.
As a volunteer organisation, we ensure a very high percentage of donor dollars getting to where they are most needed – to the orangutans in Indonesia.
By supporting us, you help us to:
· rescue, rehabilitate and release orangutans
· provide public awareness and educational programs
· protect existing rainforest habitat, and
· support and educate the people who depend on forests to earn their living.
We support many of Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation’s (BOSF) projects, including:
· Nyaru Menteng Reintroduction Project
· Samboja Lestari Project
· Wanariset Orangutan Reintroduction Project
Tax deductible status for donations
We have a deductible gift recipient (DGR) status for donations over $2, which are tax deductible for Australian taxpayers.
To Volunteer to help overseas please see the volunteers page.
We are always looking for people in Australia who want to help the plight of orangutans, if you would like to assist, contact us.
Meet our Ambassadors.
BOS Foundation (Indonesia)
The Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF) is a non-profit foundation supported by sister organisations around the world, of which BOS Australia is one.
BOSF works under an official agreement with the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry for the conservation of Bornean orangutans and their ecosystem that works by involving and educating the local people. They focus on orangutan reintroduction, rescue, release and habitat conservation both in East and Central Kalimantan. Currently the BOS Foundation manages the biggest orangutan reintroduction program in the world and is caring for more than 700 orangutans in East and Central Kalimantan. The BOS Foundation also manages a peat land conservation area which provides habitat for 3,000 wild orangutans in
Central Kalimantan and manages an Ecosystem Restoration Concession in East Kalimantan that is dedicated as orangutan habitat.
Presently, BOSF works with the support of around 415 highly devoted local staff as well as experts in conservation, primates and community empowerment. Interests include:
· biodiversity (flora and fauna)
· forest rehabilitation
· forest inventory and monitoring -through PT SarVision Indonesia
· agroforestry to improve local peoples' welfare and education
· working with orangutans and other protected wildlife.
BOSF was formed in 1991 when Dr Willie Smits, a tropical forest ecologist and senior advisor to the Minister of Forestry of Indonesia, found a sick orangutan in the local market. He managed to keep her alive and was then given a second problematic baby and had to care for the two of them.
The Foundation has a Board of Trustees overseeing operations, assisted by a scientific advisory board made up of orangutan experts and other specialists from Indonesia and around the world.
Since its incorporation, BOSF has achieved many enviable successes:
· purchasing over 200,000
hectares of suitable land to become eternal nature reserves owned by BOS.
· assisting with the confiscation of more than 1000 orangutans with subsequent rehabilitation.
· educating and providing livelihoods for 1000s of local people.
· Commencing a reintroduction program in early 2012 - so far releasing over 160 orangutans back into the wild.