A Celebration of 3 years of Orangutans releases. 167 free and 600 more to go.
Dr Jamartin Sihite, CEO of BOS Indonesia (pictured) shared his joyous stories and footage of new freedoms and discussed BOS Indonesia’s upcoming challenges.
A huge thank you to those in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney who came along to our presentation nights this week. We will be sharing those wonderful videos with you shortly.
Listen to podcast of Jacqueline Sunderland-Groves, Senior Advisor at BOSF, on ABC RN, 27 Apr15
As the CEO of BOSF, Jamartin leads a very solid team of more than 400 orangutan protectors working in two reintroduction centres, in Central and East Kalimantan, and personally supervised the whole 15 separate release events which has reintroduced more than 160 individuals of orangutans for the last 3 years.
Jamartin wears his heart on his sleeve when it comes to feelings about primate conservation, saying on
release, “my wish is to send back orangutans to the forest, their true home. My dream is to help
orangutans live in the forest freely as they should, where their existence helps reduce the impact of
climate change, free from cages and from conflict with humans. Let’s give them back their forest and
freedom. Let’s work together to push the releases of rehabilitant orangutans, to strengthen the
rehabilitation process and the wellbeing of rescued orangutans, and to secure safe and suitable forest
Jacqui is a Conservation biologist and primatologist specialising in great apes across West-Central Africa and Asia. Jacqui’s experience has included almost a decade in Cameroon developing a broad program of research, conservation and protected areas focused on Cross River gorillas. In 2010 the opportunity to work with orangutans presented itself through the BOS Foundation.
“The last four and a half years have been extremely special and exciting. With a team of 400 strong, and over 850 orangutans under rehabilitation, we have succeeded in re-establishing our reintroduction
program and releasing over 160 orangutans, improved welfare, secured land and islands for both
reintroduction and rehabilitation, constructed new infrastructure, camps and field teams, protected wild
orangutan populations and habitat, established new populations, improved the livelihoods of many local
people and really shaped actions to improve the conservation of orangutans for future generations to
Having worked with and for major conservation organisations including WWF and Wildlife Conservation
Society (WCS), my focus for more than 20 years has been great ape ecology and conservation.”