About Us

About Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Australia

We have been raising funds for rescued orangutans since 2001. We are totally dependent on the support of the public to help save the orangutan and their rainforest home. We ensure the vital support from our donors goes to where funds are needed the most – to the orangutans in Indonesia.

By supporting us, you are helping to:

  • rescue, rehabilitate and reintroduce orangutans
  • provide public awareness and educational programs
  • protect existing rainforest habitat
  • support and educate the people who depend on forests to earn their living.

We directly support the work of our parent organisation, Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF) and their projects, including:

  • Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Reintroduction Centre
  • Samboja Lestari Orangutan Reintroduction Centre and Land Rehabilitation
  • Mawas Conservation Program.

The Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF) in Indonesia is a non-profit foundation supported by BOS Australia and other sister organisations around the world.

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 rescue, reintroduction and habitat conservation both in East and Central Kalimantan. Currently, BOSF, supported by BOSA and other sister organisations, manages the biggest orangutan reintroduction program in the world, and is caring for almost 600 orangutans. BOSF 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.

On the ground in Indonesia, BOSF works with the support of over 440 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
  • agroforestry to improve local peoples’ welfare and education
  • working with orangutans and other protected wildlife.

BOSF was formed in 1991 and is under the capable direction of its board with Professor Bungaran as chairman and Dr Jamartin Sihite as CEO.  BOSF has a Board of Trustees overseeing operations, assisted by a Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) made up of orangutan experts and other specialists from Indonesia and around the world.

Since its incorporation, BOSF has achieved many enviable successes which have been directly contributed to by the support of BOS Australia’s generous donors.

Our committee

BOS Australia’s committee consists entirely of volunteers who are elected annually. Following the AGM held on 23rd October 2017, the current committee is as follows.

President – Tony Gilding (NSW)

Tony was elected as a committee member of BOSA in 2009, he became acting President in mid-2011 and was elected as President in October 2011. He has developed solid relations between BOS Australia and BOS Foundation Indonesia on his recent trips to Borneo. He oversees the fundraising and administration teams on behalf of the committee. Tony will continue to work with the committee to develop energetic and innovative awareness and fundraising programs for BOSA for the next year. Tony was previously Vice-President of Australian Orangutan Project (AOP) for eight years and is currently a director of Rainforest Rescue and joint founder of the Palm Oil Action Group. He has served on many boards and was previously CEO of Australia’s largest gift importer.

Vice-President – Louise (Lou) Grossfeldt (NSW)

Lou is currently the Animal Manager at Mogo Zoo where she oversees the animal collection. This follows a long-term supervisory role at the Primate Unit at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo, where she worked for 24 years specialising in the husbandry and management of a range of different primate species. Lou has been involved in BOSA for more than ten years. She provides animal husbandry advice on the care of the non-releasable orangutans held within the BOS sanctuaries in Indonesia. Lou is one of the key enrichment advisors of the welfare/enrichment committee and is working alongside Fleur Butcher, another key orangutan person, to develop effective enrichment programs. Lou also has a teaching background and helped to develop our Orang-U-Friends program, educating children on the plight of orangutans in the wild.

Treasurer – Susan Griffiths (NSW)

Susan is a Certified Practising Accountant with an MBA, and has over 20 years’ experience in finance roles including Treasurer at Stella Travel and Corporate Express (now Staples) and has lived and worked in Asia. Susan is committed to the survival of orangutans and assists through her experience and training in facets of financial, compliance and operational matters.

Secretary – Lauren Jenkins (VIC)

Lauren Jenkins works as an Account Manager at Communication Direct where she has gained invaluable experience in both fundraising and project management. Lauren brings her administrative skills to the Secretary role, as well as assisting with the communication across BOS Australia’s social media channels. She is an animal lover and hopes her skills can assist with the survival of the orangutans and achieving BOS Australia’s goals.

Committee Member – Cathy Heawood (NSW)

Cathy is a Certified Practising Marketer with over 15 years’ financial services marketing experience gained in Australia and the UK. Cathy joined BOS Australia in 2010 and is responsible for running the Adoptions Program. She brings to the committee specialist marketing skills gained in the corporate environment and a commitment to the survival of orangutans.

Committee Member – Emma Dunphy (NSW)

Emma is a creative and experienced Administrator and Office Manager who has worked predominantly in the not-for-profit sector for over 20 years. Emma has been involved with BOS Australia since 2008 and was our Administrator from March 2010 to August 2016. Her extensive experience in supporter services brings a unique perspective to the committee. Emma continues to provide administrative support to our BOSA Enrichment Program and is committed to deepening supporter relationships through her committee role.

Committee Member – Kerin Welford (NSW)

Kerin Welford moved to Australia in 2011 from New Zealand and is currently the Foundation Executive Officer at St Luke’s Hospital Foundation. A qualified Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), she has 19 years’ experience in fundraising management working for not-for-profits in New Zealand and Australia. Her previous roles have included; Fundraising and Marketing Executive at Wellington Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Fundraising Manager at Presbyterian Support Central and Assistance Dogs Australia, Senior Fundraiser at Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of New Zealand, and Donor Relationships Manager at Camp Quality. Kerin served on the Committee of the Fundraising Institute of New Zealand (FINZ) Central Division from 2003 until 2011 and as a Council Member on the FINZ National Council from 2006-2007.

Our constitution

BOS Australia Constitution

Our ambassadors

Borneo Orangutan Survival Australia (BOSA) is proud to announce its ambassador partnerships. Our ambassadors include actress Linda Cropper (Offspring, Network Ten) and Teisha Lowry (Australian model and founder of Indah Organics) who will join forces in giving a voice to the endangered orangutan population of Borneo.

Tony Gilding, President of BOS Australia, says “As we continue our hard work over in Borneo, we are thrilled to align with these generous, passionate animal lovers to raise awareness of the plight of the orangutans here in Australia, and look forward to taking even greater strides forward over the coming years in helping our primate friends.”

Linda Cropper

One of Australia’s most versatile and accomplished actors, Linda Cropper has a string of film credits to her name. Most recently, however, her role in Channel Ten’s Offspring has seen her achieve critical acclaim. Well renowned for her Australian theatre performances, Linda is also a huge lover of furry friends and is appalled at the destruction of the orangutan’s habitat. “I am humbled to make any contribution I can to help them,” she shares.

Teisha Lowry

The brains and natural beauty behind INDAH Organics, Teisha Lowry is a model and entrepreneur working to ensure the beauty industry is both sustainable and ethical. Teisha has many strings to her bow. She is an aromacologist, an organic skincare founder, a world-famous model and a business graduate, but perhaps most proudly she is a champion for green and humanitarian causes. “I was so excited to come on board as an ambassador for BOSA, and already have adopted two babies, Miko and Dodo,” says Teisha. “Orangutans are our closest ancestors, sharing 98 percent of our DNA, so I try and do as much as I can on a personal and business level to bring awareness to this wonderful cause.”

BOSA is proud to align with such passionate people, in their quest to help the plight of the orangutans.

Our partners

Member information

2017 AGM

The 2017 BOS Australia AGM was held at The RAN Sailing Club, Sir David Martin Reserve/1C New Beach Rd, Darling Point, NSW, 2027 at 6pm on 23 October 2017.

Relevant information from the AGM is downloadable below.

2016 AGM

The 2016 BOS Australia AGM was held at HLB Mann Judd, Avalon Room, Level 19, 207 Kent Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000 at 6pm on 7 November 2016.

Relevant information from the AGM is downloadable below.


How Can You Help

There are lots of ways you can support orangutans and help ensure the survival of this precious ape.

Adopt an Orangutan

Adopt an Orangutan

Orangutans are endangered and at risk of extinction. Habitat destruction means hundreds of orphan orangutans need to care for every year. You can help by adopting one. Their dedicated ‘nannies’ teach them everything they need to know for when it’s time to release them back to the wild. You can follow their progress through Forest School.

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Make a Donation

Make a Donation

Please help the Orangutans in their struggle for survival. Your donation is important and goes directly to BOS Indonesia. By donating, you are helping bring this noble yet endangered species back from the brink of extinction and on a path to freedom - from rescue to rehabilitation and release.

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The perfect gift for any occasion! Choose from our selection of instant gifts that directly support our orangutans. You can buy a wheelbarrow, provide food for an orangutan for two months or lots more. You will receive a certificate, personalised with the name of your choice - perfect gift for you or a friend.

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