About Us

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

·      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

·      Mawas


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 biggestorangutan 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:

·       purchasingover 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

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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Visit Our Shop

Visit Our Shop

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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