International Orangutan Day is observed annually on 19 August, and we are thrilled to mark this important event again in 2023. This particular day reminds us just how precious this primate species is and why we must work together to protect orangutans for future generations.

It’s especially significant for those living in Indonesia, as Orangutan Day comes just two days after their Independence Day. These two days are close in date and meaning, as they both celebrate the freedom of all living beings, human and animal alike.

Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Foundation, together with Indonesia’s Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) and the East and Central Kalimantan Natural Resources Conservation Agencies (BKSDA), have released a total of 515 orangutans since 2012 at sites across Central and East Kalimantan in the Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park, the Bukit Batikap Protection Forest, and the Kehje Sewen Ecosystem Restoration Concession. From these released individuals, 34 babies have been born in the wild. These numbers prove that our hard work is not in vain, and this certainly deserves to be recognised and celebrated!

Susanne is one of the 515 orangutans BOS has released since 2012.

Despite the triumphs, there are still about 400 orangutans in our care at the Nyaru Menteng and Samboja Lestari rehabilitation centres, awaiting their chance to be released into a natural habitat. We can’t do this alone – we need the help of everyone, including the Government of Indonesia, local and international partners, and local communities.

If you want to support our lifesaving work, please consider adopting or donating.
Let’s make this year’s Orangutan Day one to remember!

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 results in hundreds of orphaned orangutans, who rely on our care 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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