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November 18, 2016
Jakarta, November 18, 2016. Since its inception in 1991, the BOS Foundation has rescued more than 2,000 orangutans and still cares for 700 more in its two rehabilitation centres; Nyaru Menteng in Central Kalimantan, and Samboja Lestari in East Kalimantan.
The Bornean orangutan is classified as “critically endangered” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and the Republic of Indonesia Law no. 5/1990 forbids the capture and captivity, and trade in protected species, which includes orangutans. Yet, the sheer number of orangutans that end up in rehabilitation centres indicates we still have a lot of work ahead of us to safeguard orangutans and their habitats, a cause the BOS Foundation remains committed to.
BOS Foundation CEO, Dr. Jamartin Sihite, said, “The responsibility of orangutan and habitat conservation lays on the shoulders of all stakeholders – the government, the community, the private sector, and mass organizations. Our 25 years of experience in this field has taught us that in order to succeed, we must work together. Not only that, we also need commitment, perseverance, and patience.
“We have established cooperation with many parties, and in this our 25th anniversary, the BOS Foundation would like to pause and reflect on both our achievements and our failures, in order to help us plan ahead,” Jamartin added. “Our long journey and the results achieved thus far would not have been realised without the involvement of parties that have supported the BOS Foundation and the orangutan and habitat conservation effort. To these parties, we would like to express our sincere gratitude. However, we acknowledge there are still many things we need to do to ensure that orangutans and their habitats are preserved.”
This celebration night is one in a series of events held by the BOS Foundation to celebrate its 25th anniversary year, with all parties invited that have been – and that are still – involved in cooperative work and partnership with the BOS Foundation. This event is only possible with the kind support offered by Palma Serasih Group, Swiss-Belhotel International, and PT Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia. Several national figures, including Madame Megawati Soekarnoputri, the Head of the People’s Consultative Assembly of the Republic of Indonesia, Mr. Zulkifli Hasan; and the General Secretary of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, and representatives for neighbouring countries that have supported our conservation effort, will attend the event. Their presence will be highly appreciated by the BOS Foundation as an indication of their on-going support for the national conservation effort.
The BOS Foundation would like to thank several artists and public figures who have given their time and support to the orangutan conservation effort in Kalimantan, including Bayu Oktara, Uli Herdinansyah, Hilbram Dunar, Muhammad Farhan, Jose Poernomo, Fade2Black, Nadine Alexandra Dewi Ames, Umay, Blink, Harsya Soebandrio, and Swara Maharddhika and Orangutan Lifesaver (OLS) communities. Their continued support helps the BOS Foundation in the on-going struggle to ensure the survival of Asia’s only great ape species.
Paulina Laurensia Ela
ABOUT THE BOS FOUNDATION
Founded in 1991, the BOS Foundation is a non-profit Indonesian organization dedicated to the conservation of Bornean orangutans and their natural habitats, working together with local communities, the Ministry of Environment and Forestry of the Republic of Indonesia, and international partner organizations.
The BOS Foundation currently has more than 700 orangutans in two rehabilitation centres, with support from 400 highly dedicated staff and experts in the fields of primatology, biodiversity, ecology, forest rehabilitation, agroforestry, community empowerment, communications, education, and orangutan welfare. For further information, please visit www.orangutan.or.id.
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