Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation: Help Save The Bornean Orangutans From Extinction

Bornean Orangutan Survival: Help Save The Bornean Orangutans From Extinction

How can we save the orangutans from extinction

Dedicated to saving the orangutans – especially the critically endangered bornean orangutans from extinction, an alliance of international non-profit organizations is made to protect the orangutans and their habitat, the Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Network. 

The BOS Network contains global organizations operating in many different regions, currencies, and languages, dedicated for the Bornean Orangutan survival namely:

Orangutan conservation is a global issue, hence we are encouraging everyone, including you to join the fight and save the orangutans by joining orangutan survival projects. Even if you are not in a country with a BOS partner, please feel free to connect with any of these branches.

Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation

Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Foundation is the founding organization of the BOS network bases in Indonesia where all the local orangutan conservation activities are carried out.

Here’s what they do to save the orangutans:

  • They carry out rescues of the orangutans
  • Orangutan rehabilitation and reintroduction
  • Lifelong sanctuary care
  • Ecosystem conservation and land rehabilitation
  • Sustainable community development

These activities take place across two provinces, two orangutan rehabilitation centers, three reintroduction sites, two reforestation areas, and widespread community development projects. With the support from the partner worldwide organizations in the Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Network, the foundation has rescued 1,200 orangutans and released 478 back into the wild, and protected over 460,000 hectares of forest in their care.

Aside from these local activities, there are more activities that take place internationally such as awareness raising, education, and fundraising.

This helps save the orangutans from extinction.

Orangutan Rehabilitation Center

The Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Rescue and Rehabilitation Center is located in Central Kalimantan run by the BOS Foundation. It is the largest orangutan center in Indonesia. This is also where our adopted orangutan, Jelapat lives.

It provides care, rehabilitation and protection to the rescued orangutans that lost their habitat due to human development activities like palm oil farming.

Here’s what they do to provide the endangered orangutans protection and care that they need:

  • Orangutan rescue and translocation
  • Provision of welfare and healthcare
  • Rehabilitation 
  • Reintroduction

BOS Foundation has rescued over 1,200 orangutans in Central Kalimantan and currently cares for and supports around 300 orangutans at Nyaru Menteng.

The Rehabilitation Process

Healthcare and quarantine

Each rescued orangutan arriving at the reintroduction programs goes through routine quarantine procedures and physical and psychological health checks. This is important because of the human diseases they might have been exposed to when they were rescued. 

Orangutans need special care.

Rehabilitation through Forest School

Orangutans born in the wild learn everything from their mothers who they stay with for 7 years. Most of the ones who enter the BOS facilities are orphans and very young, so they need to learn – especially from other orangutans, and they also receive daily lessons from surrogate mothers on how to survive in the wild.

During the rehabilitation process, orangutans are taught and encouraged to practice nest-building, selecting appropriate foods, and recognizing natural predators. They do this by ‘schooling’ them. Here’s the process:

  1. Starting from Baby School where they learn the basic skills.
  2. Forest School where they spend each day in the forest to learn new skills. Forest school has different levels in which each individual has to go through.
  3. And the last stage – University. Once they have successfully completed all levels in Forest School, they will then move up to ‘university’ which is a pre-release island where each student can put their skills to test. 

Before their final release to the wild, all candidates have to spend time in quarantine to make sure that they are healthy and ready.


The main purpose of the rehabilitation is to equip the rescued or orphaned orangutans with the skills they need to survive once they are old enough to be reintroduced – or in simpler terms, to go back to secure and safe natural habitat – to the forest.

Because each orangutan still needs to be continuously monitored even after being released (this is to make sure that they are adapting just fine to their ‘new’ home’), the forest areas that they are released into are established with camps, equipment, and trained personnel.

Long-term sanctuary

Sadly, due to illness or injuries, some rescued Bornean Orangutans can never return to the wild. They need continuous welfare and healthcare for the rest of their lives. The BOS Foundation’s orangutan rehabilitation centers provide this care and ensure to continue to provide each orangutan with the highest level of long-term care and sanctuary.

How you can help

By supporting and joining orangutan survival projects like Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Foundation and their other partner networks, you can help save the orangutans – especially the critically endangered Bornean orangutans.

These foundations work to save the orangutans by rescuing them, rehabilitating them, and releasing them back into the wild. Additionally, they also provide protection and security so these orangutans will have a secure and safe environment to go home to.

You can help by:

Orangutan conservation is a global issue, and in times like this, collective efforts from everyone is essential, hence we are encouraging everyone, including you, to join the fight and help protect the orangutans and their habitat to save them from extinction.