Despite peaking in the 1990s, Indonesia’s forests are still being destroyed at a completely unsustainable rate, forcing wild animals – including orangutans – out of their natural habitats. Pushed out of their forest homes, orangutans are... View Article
Once released to the wild, rehabilitated orangutans are monitored closely for a certain period of time by our post-release monitoring (PRM) team, which collects behavioural data during daily observations. Totti, one of the more-recently released orangutans... View Article
As I stand in the jungle observing the orangutan residents of Batikap Conservation Forest, I find myself comparing them to human children. Even a short observation of their behaviour indicates that these great apes, who have... View Article
With the 15th orangutan release in the Kehje Sewen Forest on the horizon, our post-release monitoring (PRM) team in Nles Mamse Camp had many extra tasks to complete. As usual, the team needed to find a... View Article
The BOS Foundation—in cooperation with their implementing partner company, PT. RHOI, and the East Kalimantan Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA)—has released six orangutans to the Kehje Sewen Forest on National Education Day, which falls annually on... View Article
The medical requirements within the BOS rescue and rehabilitation centres are practically as wide-ranging as within human medical services. Can you help us out with a donation of any of the items on the wish list?... View Article
In February, a female baby orangutan was rescued from the village of Tumbang Sanamang, Katingan Hulu Regency, by a joint team from the Central Kalimantan BKSDA and BOS Foundation’s Nyaru Menteng team. The baby, who was... View Article
Living in Batikap is nothing short of magical: I wake up to the calls of gibbons every morning, eat my breakfast as I watch red leaf monkeys leap through the trees, and regularly see helmeted... View Article
One of the most challenging tasks of post-release monitoring is ensuring released orangutans do not travel too far to the outskirts of the forest and accidentally enter human settlements. If an orangutan wanders into a village and... View Article
Just as humans do, orangutans can form close bonds and friendships with their peers, even in the wild. Our PRM team from Totat Jalu Camp in the Bukit Batikap Conservation Forest was recently able to document... View Article
Rainy days rarely stop our PRM teams from conducting their routine patrol activities in the Kehje Sewen Forest. The PRM team from Nles Mamse camp recently set off in wet weather conditions to conduct a monthly... View Article
After weeks of nest-to-nest observations on five recently-released orangutans, our PRM team turned its focus back to the more senior inhabitants of the Kehje Sewen Forest. Orangutans like Indonesia, a female we reintroduced in December 2016, whose signal was recently... View Article
The word ‘orangutan’ comes from the Indonesian words orang, meaning ‘person’, and hutan, meaning ‘forest’; thus, ‘orangutan’ translates as ‘person of the forest’. These amazing great apes have more in common with humans than their name implies. Not only in... View Article
Monitoring released orangutans provides many interesting and challenging experiences for members of our PRM team. The team from Nles Mamse Camp in the Kehje Sewen Forest recently set off into the forest to observe mother-infant pair Signe... View Article
Our PRM team recently ventured into the dense Kehje Sewen Forest on a cold morning in search of Tiny, whom we last saw with Ajeng. The gloomy weather failed to discourage us from negotiating the challenging forest... View Article
22nd February 2018 You might remember the two female orangutans we recently rescued, Hati and Riana. Hati was rescued from a villager in Tumbang Sanamang, Katingan Hulu, Central Kalimantan, while Riana was rescued from a resident... View Article
On January 26, a joint team from BOS Foundation and Central Kalimantan BKSDA successfully rescued a 2.5-year-old orangutan weighing 3.3 kilograms, in Lapetan Village, Mantangai Sub-district, Kuala Kapuas Regency, Central Kalimantan. It was reported that the... View Article
Earlier today, Thursday, February 15, 2018, a team from BOSF Samboja Lestari retrieved an individual female orangutan aged around 5 years old from BKSDA East Kalimantan Office. The young orangutan we named Riana was confiscated from a Bontang resident who has been keeping her for 4 years.... View Article
Our PRM team from Nles Mamse Camp in the Kehje Sewen Forest recently set out before dawn to conduct nest-to-nest monitoring on Tiny, a young male orangutan we released in December. The team picked up... View Article
Every day our post-release monitoring teams based in the forest work hard to observe and record behavioural data on the orangutans we have reintroduced. Last week, our team at Nles Mamse Camp prepared to head... View Article
December 29, 2017 We are happy to report that the two female baby orangutans we rescued last weekend are gaining strength and recovering well. Alejandra was rescued on December 22, and came to our centre a... View Article
December 18, 2017 Releasing orangutans to their natural habitat follows a very long and intense rehabilitation process. Rehabilitated orangutans must have mastered many different wild skills before they can be considered for release. They must... View Article
A few days ago, our Post Release Monitoring team from Nles Mamse Camp in the Kehje Sewen Forest departed early in the morning to collect nest-to-nest data on released orangutans. Team members Rere, Siti, and Bagus set off... View Article
Trying to avoid palm oil in your shopping basket? We offer you a helping hand with our list of palm oil free products.
We want to keep the list growing so please let us know of any products you come across which are palm oil free.
And remember to keep an eye out for the Aware and Orange Power palm oil free laundry and cleaning products now available in supermarkets.
25 December 2011
Solaris Paper Pty Ltd, which supplies the Australian market with private label tissue products, is an Australian operated and managed affiliate of Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP), a brand umbrella for paper products manufactured by a number of mills in Indonesia. Things got nasty recently when its tussle with Greenpeace over sourcing of rainforest timber became public.
Sunday 25th April 2010
Dateline Current Affairs program on SBS TV ran a piece on the orang-utans in Borneo and the threat from palm oil plantations.
27 January 2011
Palm oil, usually produced from a species of palm tree originally from West Africa, has emerged over the past 30 years as one of the world’s most widely used—and controversial—crops. Palm oil goes into a range of products available in virtually every supermarket, pharmacy, and department store.
16 October 2008
The majestic forests are vanishing in smoke and sawdust, but there's still hope for the island's fabled biodiversity
18 December 2010
What makes orangutans special and why they are threatened. Part 1 of an interview with Michelle Desilets, Executive Director of the Orangutan Land Trust.
Indonesian Government and BOS Foundation to Repatriate Baby Orangutan from Kuwait
News - Palm Oil
Olbert Gets a Second Chance at Freedom
Our team spotted Elisa and Wardah recently enjoying their freedom in the wild.
BOS Foundation Rescues Albino Orangutan
Six More Orangutans Get Their Freedom in the Kehje Sewen Forest!