THANK YOU!

 

Your generosity helped us to exceed our target. Now we will start our reforestation project to provide homes for orangutans for generations to come.

Our Vision


Our vision is a world where orangutans are free from the threat of extinction and can live in the wild, unharmed by humans.

497
Orangutans have been released
back to their home.
409
Orangutans are being cared for in
our sanctuaries.

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The Problem


There are numerous threats to the viability of the remaining wild orangutan population in Indonesia and Malaysia.  The primary threat is the loss of habitat with up to 80% of suitable forest in Indonesia and Malaysia having been lost in the past 20 years. Other threats, which often go hand-in-hand with the destruction of the rainforest, are the illegal pet trade and poaching.

Dearest supporters,

It is with deepest sadness and heavy hearts that we inform you of the passing of our beloved president Tony Gilding. He passed away peacefully after a long illness, still working to save orangutans to the very end.

We will miss him more than words can express. Tony was not just our president but a good friend and mentor to all of us.

“We are truly saddened to lose our leader, BOS Australia President, Tony Gilding who passed away on Saturday after losing his courageous battle with cancer. Tony was a true visionary, conservationist and environmentalist, and his legacy will live on well into the future helping to preserve Orangutans and other at risk species and habitats. Tony’s tireless work throughout his career has created meaningful change and immeasurable protection for biodiversity within Australia and Indonesia. The team at BOS Australia will miss Tony’s indomitable spirit, passion and drive, and our thoughts are with his family at this time.” Kerin Welford, Vice President BOS Australia

As an environmentalist and a community hero, he volunteered countless hours over many years, helping protect endangered species and their habitats. His special love and care were devoted to orangutans, whom he called the ‘coolest animals on the planet’. His dedication to the species will have an impact not only now but for generations to come.

Tony ensured the protection, conservation and restoration of vast rainforest areas in Australia and overseas, and he inspired so many to do their part to better our world.

Some of the key achievements Tony was involved with during his career include volunteering as a Board Member of Rainforest Rescue, a Founding Member of the Great Ape Survival Project Australian Committee, the Co-Founder Deputy Chair of the Northern Rivers Wildlife Hospital, and the Founder of the Byron Hinterland Working Group. In addition, he ran his own iconic animal park, called ‘Macadamia Castle’.

The funds he raised during his almost 13-year tenure at BOS Australia to date have contributed to 493 orangutans being released into the wild, the running of two of the world’s largest orangutan rehabilitation centres and over 400,000 hectares of forest land being protected and restored.

As part of BOS Australia, Tony was instrumental in delivering significant revenue to the BOS Foundation from 2009 to 2021, totalling over three million Australian dollars. And it was thanks to his engagement that we secured Salat Nusa Island as a pristine pre-release site and orangutan conservation area on 655-hectares, safe from exploitation.

“Tony, thanks for everything you did for orangutans, we may forget what you said, but we will never forget how you made us feel. As a famous journalist once said, “Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down” and you proved it. You were hard to find, difficult to leave and impossible to forget.” Dr. Jamartin Sihite, CEO BOS Foundation

Tony drove the trailblazing Samboja Lestari Solar Power Project, saving 150,000 kilograms of CO2 per year, along with significant infrastructure projects, including rainwater collection and a major road project. In honour of Tony’s tireless contribution to the project and to orangutan and rainforest conservation, the plaza in front of the solar power plant facility is named “Tony Gilding Solar Plaza”.

Thank you, Tony, for all you have done. We will carry your passion, larger than life personality and legacy in our hearts. And we will continue to do what you want us to do: save orangutans from extinction.

Your BOS Australia Team

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A throwback to November 2017. Do you know who this little guy is?

He was repatriated from Kuwait after being illegally kept as a pet. Now he is almost ready to take the next big step on his journey to freedom.

Comment if you know his name!🙋‍♂️🙋‍♀️

​https://orangutans.com.au

#SaveOrangutans #notapet #throwbackthursday
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A throwback to November 2017. Do you know who this little guy is?

He was repatriated from Kuwait after being illegally kept as a pet. Now he is almost ready to take the next big step on his journey to freedom.

Comment if you know his name!🙋‍♂️🙋‍♀️  
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​https://orangutans.com.au

#saveorangutans #notapet #throwbackthursday

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I remember seeing the sorry but I can't remember his name 🤔 He's looking good.

Taymur 💓

Tamur. Can't remember the spelling though

Kate Groves look at those gorgeous eyes

We have a fantastic book tip for you: 'Ayumi Girl of the Borneo Forest'.

​Author and BOS Australia supporter Nik Forster has kindly offered to donate AUD 1.00 for every book sold to our cause.

The beautiful book tells the story of a young Japanese girl who can telepathically communicate with animals. She releases a captured orangutan and sets off a chain of events that finds her living in the forest with a wild orangutan.

Order here:
🦧 Nik Forster's Books
​🦧 amzn.to/3NIqCSb

#mustread #booktip #orangutans #SaveOrangutans
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We have a fantastic book tip for you:  Ayumi Girl of the Borneo Forest.
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​Author and BOS Australia supporter Nik Forster has kindly offered to donate AUD 1.00 for every book sold to our cause.
​ 
The beautiful book tells the story of a young Japanese girl who can telepathically communicate with animals. She releases a captured orangutan and sets off a chain of events that finds her living in the forest with a wild orangutan.

Order here:
🦧 https://www.facebook.com/forsterbooks
​🦧  https://amzn.to/3NIqCSb
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​#mustread #booktip #orangutans #saveorangutans

When experiencing a bad hair day, it’s easy to get hair envy.

Just don’t look in Fani’s direction when you do! She has the most beautiful hair amongst the orangutan ladies.

Find out the secret to Fani’s long luscious locks.

​#saveorangutans #notapet #badhairday

​https://orangutans.com.au
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3 days ago

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Always been very jealous of Fani’s hair! It’s flawless! She looks amazing all the time & a great set of knashers!!! 😍

She is beautiful & I think she knows it 😂💕

Shes 😍 😍 beautiful with beautiful smile

She s is pretty girl🥰🥰

But teeth needs maintenance 😭🎉

Gail Marshall 😂😂

A true beauty 😍

The colour is spectacular

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We did it!🎉 Thanks to you, our amazing donors, we exceeded our goal for this year's tax appeal by $28,000 and raised $138,000.

With your help, we can now reforest over 60 hectares of vital orangutan habitat and create orangutan homes for generations to come.

A huge thank you to everyone who donated! Together with you we can save orangutans from extinction!

​https://orangutans.com.au

#SaveOrangutans #savetherainforest
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We did it!🎉  Thanks to you, our amazing donors, we exceeded our goal for this years tax appeal by $28,000 and raised $138,000.

With your help, we can now reforest over 60 hectares of vital orangutan habitat and create orangutan homes for generations to come.

A huge thank you to everyone who donated! Together with you we can save orangutans from extinction!
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​https://orangutans.com.au
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​#saveorangutans #savetherainforest

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You are all doing an amazing job. Bless you all.

💖💕

that’s awesome. well done

Fantastic effort 😊

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Do you know why food enrichment is so important for the orangutans in our care?🤔

​Find out which tasty treat Forest School students Bumi, Paulinus and Alexandra are trying to access via the link.

#OrangutanJungleSchool #SaveOrangutans #enrichment

www.orangutans.com.au/news-orangutan-behaviour/peer-lesson-how-to-open-food-enrichment/
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6 days ago

Do you know why food enrichment is so important for the orangutans in our care?🤔 
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​Find out which tasty treat Forest School students Bumi, Paulinus and Alexandra are trying to access via the link.
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#orangutanjungleschool #saveorangutans #enrichment

https://www.orangutans.com.au/news-orangutan-behaviour/peer-lesson-how-to-open-food-enrichment/

LAST CHANCE: Our Tax Appeal ends on 30 June - and we are so close!

Please help us reach our goal to reforest crucial orangutan habitat by having your gift doubled today!🙏

bit.ly/BOSATaxAppeal

#lastday #lastchance #SaveOrangutans #endangered #Reforestation #taxdeductible #endoffinancialyear #tax
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LAST CHANCE: Our Tax Appeal ends on 30 June - and we are so close!

Please help us reach our goal to reforest crucial orangutan habitat by having your gift doubled today!🙏 
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https://bit.ly/BOSATaxAppeal

#lastday #lastchance #saveorangutans #endangered #reforestation #taxdeductible #endoffinancialyear #tax

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We have some fantastic news from the Kehje Sewen Forest in East Kalimantan!

The Post Release Monitoring Team has spotted a new wild born-baby!🎉

​Mum and dad are Bungan and Hamzah, two released orangutans.

Don't miss the full story by following the link!

www.orangutans.com.au/news/baby-bunga-born-to-bungan/

#SaveOrangutans #babynews
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1 week ago

We have some fantastic news from the Kehje Sewen Forest in East Kalimantan!

The Post Release Monitoring Team has spotted a new wild born-baby!🎉 
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​Mum and dad are Bungan and Hamzah, two released orangutans. 

Dont miss the full story by following the link!

https://www.orangutans.com.au/news/baby-bunga-born-to-bungan/
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Hamzah...i still remember him..!!!!hahaha

That's fantastic news!! 🎉💙

😍 OMG!!

Amazing !!

No rush! Take it easy this weekend!😎

#weekendvibes #SaveOrangutans
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2 weeks ago

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Might be slow but I'd love to be that agile at any speed 😊❤️

Living the dream 🤣

He moves like me now days- slow but steady!

Anyone got a hair brush 😁

I love them

Tired....like I feel!

Very beautiful

That’s the way! Take it easy 👏 G’day from Queensland Australia 🇦🇺

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The stride on them

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