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For many months we had tried to track and observe Noor. This impressive female with a dark face and long hair had proven to be very difficult to locate. Noor’s personality is like the Queen of Hearts, she often gets upset at observers and will chase them away to keep them out of her wonderland.
In keeping with the #OrangutanFreedom campaign goalof releasing 100 orangutans to conservation forests this year, the BOS Foundation (BOSF), Central Kalimantan BKSDA, and the Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park (TNBBBR) Agency haveagain worked together to release rehabilitated orangutans from Nyaru Menteng.
Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Foundation, in cooperation with the Central Kalimantan BKSDA, will release another 12 orangutans from the Central Kalimantan Orangutan Reintroduction Center in Nyaru Menteng to the Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park (BBBRNP) in Katingan Regency. This will be the sixth release into the national park, and the 18th release by the BOS Foundation in Central Kalimantan since 2012.
In line with the #OrangutanFreedom campaign that aims to introduce 100 orangutans to natural habitat this year, the BOS Foundation today is releasing another batch of 12 orangutans into the Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park Forest in Katingan Regency, Central Kalimantan. Here are the profiles of those twelve orangutans.
In April 2016, 11-year-old Olbert was released to the Bukit Batikap Conservation Forest in Central Kalimantan, after more than a decade of rehabilitation. Olbert arrived into BOS Foundation’s care when he was still a baby, and under the guidance of our dedicated team was prepared as well as possible over the years for reintroduction back to the wild.
Working towards our #OrangutanFreedom goal, we are delighted to report that we have successfully released another seven rehabilitated orangutans to the Kehje Sewen Forest in East Kutai Regency!
In line with our #OrangutanFreedom campaign launched this year, today Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Foundation officially opens a new pre-release island for rehabilitated orangutans located in the East Kalimantan Orangutan Reintroduction Program at Samboja Lestari and releases 7 orangutans back to natural habitat
In regards to the #OrangutanFreedom campaign launched in 2017, the BOS Foundation is releasing another batch of 7 orangutans into the Kehje Sewen Forest in East Kutai Regency. Here are the profiles of those seven orangutans.
It was 5 a.m., and the PRM team should have already left on its mission that day to locate orangutans in their nests. However, it was still raining from the night before, and knowing that orangutans do not rise and start the day in wet weather, the team waited until 7 a.m. before heading out in search of transmitter signals.
Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Foundation receives another global recognition for their dedication and commitment to saving Bornean orangutans and their habitat. In an event held in the Throne Room of the Hofburg Palace, Vienna, the official office and residence of the President of Austria, Dr. Jamartin Sihite, CEO and Jacqueline Sunderland-Groves, Deputy CEO of BOS Foundation proudly received the Animalis Edition of the World Branding Award.
Cindy and Riwut, a mother-infant pair, have been living in Central Kalimantan’s Bukit Batikap Conservation Forest for almost four years now. I recently accompanied a monitoring team into the forest, where we were lucky to find Cindy and Riwut looking healthy as they went about their daily activities high up in the trees.
Long and Arief looked to be in perfect condition, and ate a healthy amount of forest food. Long was seen patiently teaching Arief how to forage and move through the trees, fulfilling her motherly duty of arming him with the life skills he needs to survive in the wild.
Zahri arrived with two bullets in his body. He needs urgent medical care. He is one of many orphaned orangutans needing our help. Help us to save him and other's lives!
Nyaru Menteng staff, together with students and teachers from Bina Cita Utama (BCU) School in Palangka Raya, Central Kalimantan, celebrated Earth Day 2017 with a fundraising event for orangutans at the BOS Foundation’s Orangutan Reintroduction Center in Nyaru Menteng.
Ung is one of six orangutans released to the Kehje Sewen Forest on April 26. Due to her speed, agility, and wide range, our Post-Release Monitoring team had lost her track after the first three days of monitoring following her release. However, the team persisted in locating her to ensure she is thriving in the forest, and recently managed to catch up with her.
Freedom is a basic right, which we may at times take for granted. But for 30-year-old Romeo, and other orangutans like him, freedom is something not experienced for many years. Our goal of #OrangutanFreedom focuses on changing that to give every orangutan under our care their rightful freedom. On June 7, we released Romeo to our pre-release Island 5, which is one of seven manmade islands in Samboja Lestari.
Celebrating World Environment Day which falls on June 5, Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Foundation is forging ahead with our 2017 #OrangutanFreedom campaign, and releases an adult male named Romeo from his enclosure onto a pre-release island located in the BOS Foundation Samboja Lestari East Kalimantan Orangutan Reintroduction Program (Samboja Lestari). If Romeo is able to adapt well on the pre-release island, we can assess his potential for release to the wild.
Our PRM team from Camp Lesik, the northernmost camp in the Kehje Sewen Forest, recently managed to observe Elisa and Wardah. We were really grateful to see these two females thriving and adapting well to their new home
We have exciting news and are pleased to report that today we successfully transferred another five orangutans – males,Ariel, Sponge Bob, and Sanamangand females; Buntok and Mawas - from our Orangutan Reintroduction Center at Nyaru Menteng to Salat pre-release island in Central Kalimantan.
The BOS Foundation will today relocate six rehabilitated orangutans from its Orangutan Reintroduction Centre in Nyaru Menteng to the pre-release habitat of Salat Island in Pulang Pisau Regency, Central Kalimantan. The BOS Foundation manages the Salat pre-release island located in the delta of Kahayan river with support from PT.SSMS Tbk.
BOS Foundation has released six more orangutans to the Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park (BBBR-NP) in Katingan Regency, Central Kalimantan. This is the 17th orangutan release by BOS Foundation Nyaru Menteng and one that also commemorates the 60th anniversary of Central Kalimantan Province, which falls on May 23, 2017.
Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Foundation, in cooperation with the Central Kalimantan BKSDA, will release another six orangutans from the Central Kalimantan Orangutan Reintroduction Centre in Nyaru Menteng (Nyaru Menteng) to the Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park (BBBR-NP) in Katingan Regency. BOS Foundation hopes this release will help raise more public awareness on the conservation of the Bornean orangutan, the province’s icon.
The BOS Foundation, in cooperation with the Central Kalimantan BKSDA, is preparing to release six more rehabilitated orangutans from Nyaru Menteng to the Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park in Katingan Regency. This is their profile
Following a global campaign to help us find a special name for the 5-year old albino orangutan, BOS Foundation is delighted to announce that this little girl is named Alba, which means ‘white’ in Latin and ‘dawn’ in Spanish. Hopefully a new dawn will come for these precious animals. The name Alba was selected from thousands of suggestions sent from around the world at email@example.com or on social media quoting the hashtag #albinoorangutan.
Our girl needs a name. Share your suggestion on your social media (Facebook/Twitter/Instagram) using hashtag #albinoorangutan or send to firstname.lastname@example.org. The best name will be announced on May 15 via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Caring for orangutans is a huge responsibility and our Babysitters play a critical role in the overall rehabilitation process for orangutans at our centres in Nyaru Menteng and Samboja Lestari. Today is Sanctuary Caregiver Day, and BOS Foundation is celebrating the dedication and efforts of our babysitters!
he BOS Foundation, in cooperation with Central Kalimantan BKSDA, has successfully rescued a 5-year-old female orangutan in Tanggirang village, Kapuas Hulu sub-district, Kapuas Regency, Central Kalimantan.
Baby orangutans that come into the BOS Foundation’s care depend on our team of devoted babysitters to help build their confidence and guide them as they acquire their survival skills duringthe developing years. Enrichment tools are introduced throughout the rehabilitation process to support the development of basic skills necessary for life intheforest.
In cooperation with PT. RHOI and the East Kalimantan BKSDA, the BOS Foundation has successfully released six more orangutans to the Kehje Sewen Forest in East Kutai Regency. All six released orangutans had completed a long period of rehabilitation over several years through our Forest School system.
BOS Foundation, PT. RHOI and East Kalimantan BKSDA will reintroduce six more orangutans to the Kehje Sewen Forest.
Still in regards to the 2017 #OrangutanFreedom campaign, the BOS Foundation through the East Kalimantan Orangutan Reintroduction Program in Samboja Lestari (Samboja Lestari) and the East Kalimantan BKSDA once again reintroduce 6 orangutans bak to Kehje Sewen Forest in East Kutai Regency. Here are the release candidates' profiles
To commemorate Earth Day, which falls today, the BOS Foundation, in cooperation with fX Sudirman Jakarta, as organised a series of events themed #SuaraUntukBumi, or Voice for Earth.
It has been eight years since RHOI’s establishment, and much progress has been made. From 2012 to date, 62 orangutans from Samboja Lestari were reintroduced to Kehje Sewen Forest. Among the 62 released, two adult females - Yayang and Lesan – have given birth to our first wild babies in Kehje Sewen, which is a great indicator of the success of our orangutan reintroduction program.
After months of coordinating and planning, we are delighted to announce that Taymur has finally returned home! Over the last few months BOS Foundation has been working tirelessly with the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Indonesian Embassy in Kuwait, to successfully repatriate this 2-year old male orangutan.
The Government of the Republic of Indonesia, through its Ministry of Environment and Forestry, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, together with the BOS Foundation repatriate a male baby orangutan from Kuwait to Indonesia.
Cemong is one of the biggest orangutans the BOS Foundation has released to the Kehje Sewen Forest in East Kalimantan: His weight upon release in February was 120 kilograms! Almost two months have passed, and giant Cemong has spent much of his newfound freedom roaming deep into the heart of the Kehje Sewen.
BOS Foundation in Nyaru Menteng (Nyaru Menteng) is deploying 12 more orangutans who have completed Forest School onto their pre-release island, Salat, in Pulang Pisau Regency, Central Kalimantan.
Our PRM team in Nles Mamse Camp usually leave early for patrols, but unexpected heavy rainfall recently kept the team waiting at camp until mid-morning to avoidwater damage to the radio receiver equipment.
A few days ago, our PRM team in Camp Nles Mamse monitored two rehabilitated orangutans that were released last year; Angely and Bong. While the two females were not travelling together, the team were able to observe how they interacted when they came across one another in the forest.
The biggest threat to orangutan conservation is habitat loss which has led to the serious decline in the orangutan population across Borneo and Sumatra. If deforestation continues at the current rate, orangutans will ultimately become extinct. International Forest Day, which falls on March 21,is a timely reminder of the issues at hand regarding conservation of our forests and ecosystems, and the effects on the future survival of orangutans.
At the end of February, a joint team from the Central Kalimantan BKSDA and the BOS Foundation embarked on an orangutan rescue mission to save a group of orangutans stranded along the banks of the Mangkutub River in Kapuas Regency, Central Kalimantan. This mission successfully translocated 11 orangutans to a safer area.
Our team from Nles Mamse Camp in the Kehje Sewen Forest recently observed Ajeng, a female orangutan we released back in September 2015. The team spotted her resting in the top of a tree and quickly began to record her activities, when suddenly a male orangutan approached her. The team didn’t recognise the male, so came to the conclusion that he was a wild orangutan.
The BOS Foundation has kicked off the year with the release of more orangutans to natural habitats in Central and East Kalimantan, taking the total number of orangutans released by BOSF since 2012 to 270. We also launched our #FREEDOM campaign, in which we aim to release as many orangutans as possible from our rehabilitation centres into protected forests this year.
Launching our 2017 #FREEDOM campaign, BOS Foundation through the Samboja Lestari East Kalimantan Orangutan Reintroduction Program (Samboja Lestari) and the East Kalimantan BKSDA release 7 more orangutans into Kehje Sewen Forest in East Kutai and Kutai Kartanegara Regencies, East Kalimantan. This release will bring the population of orangutans released into Kehje Sewen to 62 individuals.
Launching our 2017 #FREEDOM campaign, BOS Foundation through the Samboja Lestari East Kalimantan Orangutan Reintroduction Program (Samboja Lestari) and the East Kalimantan BKSDA release 7 more orangutans into Kehje Sewen Forest in East Kutai Regency, East Kalimantan. This is their profile
Following the successful rescue of 76 wild orangutans last year from an area along the banks of the Mangkutub River, Kapuas Regency, Central Kalimantan, a joint team from Central Kalimantan BKSDA and BOS Foundation once again embarks on a third mission in the same area to rescue more wild orangutans recently found.
To launch our #FREEDOM campaign, the BOS Foundation in joint cooperation with the Central Kalimantan Natural Resources Agency (BKSDA) is reintroducing another 12 orangutans in Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park (TNBBBR).
The BOS Foundation strongly condemns the recent killing of an adult orangutan by 10 oil palm plantation workers in Kapuas, Central Kalimantan. This unfortunate event adds to the long list of conflicts between humans and orangutans within oil palm plantation areas.
To launch our #FREEDOM campaign, the BOS Foundation in joint cooperation with the Central Kalimantan Natural Resources Agency (BKSDA) is reintroducing another 12 orangutans in Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park (BBBR-NP). In this event, 1 orangutan repatriated from Thailand 10 years ago, will also join the group to be release. This is their profile
Our PRM team from Camp Nles Mamse recently set out to find and observe Leonie in the Kehje Sewen Forest. The team headed for the place where Leonie was last seen and relied on radio transmitters to locate her. After hiking uphill to follow Leonie’s signal, the team soon spotted her plucking shoots on the forest floor.
At the end of last year, I returned to the Bukit Batikap Conservation Forest in Central Kalimantan to review the progress of our reintroduced orangutans from a veterinary health perspective.
Undeterred by a morning downpour, our PRM team recently set out to conduct nest-to-nest observations on Rafli, a male orangutan we released to the southern area of the Kehje Sewen Forest in October 2016.
On January 12, our Nyaru Menteng team embarked on our first rescue mission of the year to save an infant female orangutan in Pilang village, Central Kalimantan. The little girl, who we named Jacqui, was reported to have been found by local villager Edy, stranded near a primary canal located between Pilang and Tumbang Nusa villages.
Our PRM team from Camp Nles Mamse in the Kehje Sewen Forest were recently hoping to track down Cita, and after several hours of hiking up and down hills found her relaxing in the top of a tree. Sitting about 20 meters from the ground, Cita appeared to be in good health and was busily eating some forest fruits.
In late 2015, fires raged across Kalimantan causing widespread forest loss and devastating impacts to wildlife populations. Tragically, many baby orangutans were left orphaned after losing their mothers and forest homes to the fires and our teams were out on permanent rescue missions.
Over the past few months, our PRM team from Camp Nles Mamse has been busy monitoring orangutans released to the Kehje Sewen Forest. Recently, the team was lucky enough to encounter two mothers spending time together in the forest – Yayang and Lesan, with their babies clinging to their bellies.
We are delighted to report that the six orangutans released in December last year – Signe, Bungaran, Indonesia, Cita, Valen, and Bong – are adapting well to their new home in the Kehje Sewen Forest. Mother-infant pair Signe and Bungaran are thriving in their new environment, with Signe doing a great job teaching her son all about life in the wild.
Charlie was released to Central Kalimantan’s Bukit Batikap Conservation Forest in November 2012 together with his mother, Chanel. Our PRM team recently caught up with Charlie, who has grown more independent and developed good socializations skills during his five years in the wild.
Every orangutan release involves a long and complicated process, and is the main aim of the BOS Foundation’s effort in helping safeguard critically endangered great apes in their natural habitats. In its 25th anniversary this year, the BOS Foundation successfully achieved a set target of releasing 250 orangutans in a 5-year period.
This year we marked world Wildlife Conservation Day with the successful release of 11 rehabilitated orangutans from Nyaru Menteng to the Bukit Baka Bukit Raya (BBBR) National Park. This event took place on December 6, and this is the third release into BBBR NP in collaboration with BKSDA and the national park authorities.
Great ape reintroduction is a complex process and in Indonesia a significant focus for Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Foundation to contribute towards saving Critically Endangered Bornean orangutans from extinction.
By the end of 2016, which also marks BOS Foundation’s 25th Anniversary, another six orangutans will be released bringing the total number of orangutans released by BOS Foundation since 2012, to 251. Here are the release candidates’ profiles
The Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Foundation will mark World Wildlife Conservation Day, which falls on December 4, by working with the Central Kalimantan Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) to release another 11 orangutans to the Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park (TNBBBR).
The Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Foundation will mark World Wildlife Conservation Day, which falls on December 4, by working with the Central Kalimantan Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) to release another 11 orangutans to the Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park (TNBBBR). Here are the release candidates’ profiles
After eight months in East Kalimantan, my final week on patrol in the Kehje Sewen Forest as a post-release monitor revealed several updates on the whereabouts and activities of some of the forest’s resident orangutans. Earlier in the month, I was lucky enough to observe Sayang, a 7-year-old female who was travelling alone.
This year we reached our 25th year of working in the field of orangutan and habitat conservation in Indonesia. We have learned much during our journey and over a quarter of a century we have rescued over 2,200 displaced or orphaned orangutans.
Our Post-Release Monitoring (PRM) team from Nles Mamse Camp has spent the past few weeks monitoring the five orangutans reintroduced in to the Kehje Sewen Forest on October 19. Collecting data on their progress and adaptation has proven quite challenging for the PRM team, as each individual orangutan has a different and unique approach to adjusting to their new environment.
The Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Foundation will hold a celebration called“Reflection, the BOS Foundation’s 25 Years of Caring for Orangutans” to mark its 25th anniversary. The event will coincide with Orangutan Caring Week, which is observed globally in the second week of November each year.
Celebrating 25 years of saving Bornean orangutans together with multiple stakeholders. Our success is thanks to joint cooperation with numerous parties, both nationally and internationally. Together we still have much to achieve.
In early January 2015, our Nyaru Menteng team together with BKSDA travelled to Tumbang Jiga village – located in the remote regions of Katingan Regency in Central Kalimantan – after receiving a report that a baby orangutan was being held captive.
Jakarta, November 13, 2016. Every day, orangutans lose their forest habitat due to encroachment and land use change. Once forest has been cleared, orangutans are forced to expand their range in search for food, often wandering into human settlements, farms or oil palm plantations to feed which leads to human-orangutan conflict situations.
BOS Foundation Nyaru Menteng’s goal of utilising the Salat Nusa islands as a new pre-release area for rehabilitated orangutans has finally been achieved, with last week’s release of 12 Forest School graduates for the first time to Badak Kecil Island, in Pulang Pisau Regency, Central Kalimantan.
Early morning during a recent daily patrol, our Kehje Sewen Post-Release Monitoring (PRM) team spotted the familiar signs of an orangutan approaching. Off in the distance, tall trees were leaning at great angles and then springing back into an upright position as an orangutan moved from tree to tree.
Following a long process to secure the rights to utilize parts of Salat Island in Pulang Pisau Regency, Central Kalimantan, the Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Foundation in collaboration with the local community have been granted permission to establish an orangutan conservation area on Salat Island.
Gather your friends and help save orangutans without even setting foot in the forest by joining the BOS Foundation’s #FunWalk, which will take place on Jakarta’s #CarFreeDay, November 13
We are working tirelessly throughout our 25th anniversary year, and together with the East Kalimantan BKSDA we released five more orangutans to the Kehje Sewen Forest on October 18.
Wild orangutan populations and their habitat have continued to decline in size leading to the IUCN reclassification of Bornean orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus) to Critically Endangered > http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/17975/0. Urgent conversation action is needed to protect Bornean orangutans and the time to act is now.
When the PRM teams set out each morning on radio tracking patrols aimed at locating orangutans in the Kehje Sewen Forest they cannot always predict who they will find. On October 3, right after leaving camp, the team from Camp Lesik heard the familiar sounds of branches cracking and leaves rustling in the distance. As Kehje Sewen is home to many tree-dwelling animals, it was only when the team spotted a treetop swaying that they knew it was indeed an orangutan.
When you think of orangutans, an image springs to mind of these magnificent creatures high up in the trees, moving from branch to branch feeding on fruit and resting in treetop nests. Orangutans do, however, occasionally leave the safety of the trees to spend time exploring and foraging on the forest floor – but there are some, like Emen, who take to the ground for other reasons.
In celebration of its 25th anniversary, the Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Foundation is releasing four more rehabilitated orangutans from the Samboja Lestari Orangutan Reintroduction and Land Rehabilitation Programs (Samboja Lestari) to the Kehje Sewen Forest, located in East Kutai and Kutai Kertanegara Regencies.
Kent came from Sangkulirang to Samboja Lestari on March 24, 1999, after being rescued from a farmer’s field when he was two months old and weighed five kilograms. The orphaned male was suffering from dehydration and severe diarrhea due to a worm infection.
On its 25th anniversary this year, the BOS Foundation with East Kalimantan BKSDA will once again release 4 rehabilitated orangutans from Samboja Lestari to Kehje Sewen Forest. This is their profiles
The BOS Foundation is celebrating yet another successful release of rehabilitated orangutans from Nyaru Menteng to the Bukit Baka Bukit Raya (BBBR) National Park in Katingan Regency, Central Kalimantan. This release coincided with World Habitat Day, which occurs annually on the first Monday of October.
A few weeks ago, our PRM team from Nles Mamse Camp carried out nest-to-nest observations on Bungan (Read the full story here: Bungan Savours Pot of Honey After Swarm Attack. The team caught up with her again a few days later foraging on a hill near Nles Mamse Camp, where forest fruits are plentiful this time of year. Bungan was seen savouring rattan and Lithocarpus sp. fruits and drinking water from the hollow of a tree trunk
Terima kasih kepada para donatur! Penggalangan dana kami untuk rumah baru bagi para bayi orangutan di Nyaru Menteng akhirnya terkumpul! Pantau terus lini masa kami untuk tahu lebih banyak tentang kemajuan dan rencana untuk fasilitas yang sangat dibutuhkan ini.
To mark World Habitat Day, which falls on October 3, the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOS Foundation) and the Central Kalimantan Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) together will release eight orangutans to the Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park. Since 2012, the BOS Foundation has returned 222 orangutans to natural forest habitats in East and Central Kalimantan.
To mark World Habitat Day, which falls on October 3, the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOS Foundation) and the Central Kalimantan Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) together will release eight orangutans to the Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park. Here are the release candidates’ profiles
Organised by the Arcus Foundation in partnership with the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS), Great Apes Giving Day is taking place on Tuesday 4 October – that is only 4 days away! Over 30 great ape sanctuaries are taking part and through this 24-hour online giving campaign hosted by Razoo, you can pledge your donation to support our work in rescuing and caring for Bornean orangutans.
Orangutans from both of the BOS Foundation’s rehabilitation centres – Nyaru Menteng in Central Kalimantan and Samboja Lestari in East Kalimantan – are given routine medical checks to determine each individual’s health status and to help us avoid, or prepare for, possible disease epidemics.
On a rainy, early morning in the Kehje Sewen Forest, two of our PRM team members from Nles Mamse Camp – Bowo and Rizal – set out to observe and take notes on Bungan from dawn to dusk. After waiting half an hour for the rain to subside, the team wasted no time in finding Bungan’s nest and were lucky to have reached it before she woke up.
On September 9, the Central Kalimantan BKSDA and the BOS Foundation’s Nyaru Menteng team rescued an 8-month-old female infant from a local resident of Bawan village in the Banama Tingang Sub-Regency of Pulang Pisau Regency, Central Kalimantan.
Recently, three members from our PRM team in Nles Mamse Camp – Jani, Usup, and Rizal – located Leonie and Teresa around Transect 7. These two female orangutans were released in September and December 2015 respectively and it was great to have the chance to record behavioural data on them in the Kehje Sewen Forest: Both have covered an extensive range since their release, and have been difficult to track.
After concluding our release-point survey (Read more story here: Even Brief Journeys Hold Surprises (1)), we joined the PRM team’s daily meeting at Nles Mamse Camp. Here we heard about an unknown wild male orangutan the PRM team had observed living in the southern area of the Kehje Sewen Forest.
I am new to Batikap and readily admit to a long-term love of orangutans, which began after I learned of their remarkable intelligence and endured due to their great behavioural charm. Recently, I have found myself most taken with Ella.
As coordinator of the RHOI Post-Release Monitoring (PRM) team, it is my job to make preparations for the next orangutan release in East Kalimantan. I am responsible for organising the monitoring and assessing of release candidates from Samboja Lestari, and for the selection of suitable release points in the Kehje Sewen Forest. Due to pressing office duties, I’ve only had one week to prepare!
Our Post Release Monitoring (PRM) team in the Bukit Baka Bukit Raya (BBBR) National Park in Central Kalimantan has the huge responsibility of conducting daily observations on the 10 orangutans that were released last month. The team patrolling and tracking the area set out to locate orangutans based on records documenting their last-known whereabouts, and through radio signals.
Fire, encroachment, and the clearing of land for agricultural use are the biggest threats to Borneo’s forests and the wildlife that inhabits them. The irreversible damage to the land from the failed Mega Rice Project of the mid ’90s in Central Kalimantan is evidence of the long-term effects of forest clearing on the environment, the local community and wildlife.
On a chilly August morning in the Kehje Sewen Forest, three of our PRM team members from Camp Nles Mamse (Rizal, Yosi and Luy) set out to conduct nest-to-nest observations on Angely, a female orangutan the BOS Foundation released in May. Nest-to-nest observations involve documenting the daily activities of one orangutan for a whole day, from dawn until dusk.
The survival of Bornean orangutans is continually under threat due to habitat destruction and hunting for the illegal pet trade. The BOS Foundation’s Nyaru Menteng centre recently received two more baby orangutans that had been kept illegally as pets by local villagers in Central Kalimantan.
The Kehje Sewen Forest is incredibly rich in both flora and fauna. Various species of snake can be found in the Kehje Sewen Forest, including:
In commemoration of National Natural Conservation Day, which falls on August 10 annually, the BOS Foundation and the Central Kalimantan Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) this month released ten orangutans from Nyaru Menteng to the Bukit Baka Bukit Raya (BBBR) National Park in Katingan Regency, Central Kalimantan.
A few days ago, Luy and Riki from our PRM team in Camp Nles Mamse went on an observation patrol at Pelangsiran; a small transit village located on the edge of the Kehje Sewen Forest. They picked up a strong signal from Bungan near the water springs and located her in a low tree.
Nyaru Menteng, Central Kalimantan, 13 August 2016. In the commemoration of National Natural Conservation which falls on August 10, in its 25th anniversary, the BOS Foundation rejoins the Central Kalimantan BKSDA to dispatch 10 individuals of orangutans
Following the success of releasing 167 Central Kalimantan orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus wurmbii) in Bukit Batikap Conservation Forest (Batikap) since 2012, now the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOS Foundation) and Central Kalimantan Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) will release 10 more orangutans from Nyaru Menteng
The orangutans from our last release group (Nyaru Menteng 12th Orangutan Release) have settled in at Batikap, and are beginning to go their separate ways. The excitement of freedom has worn off, and most of the orangutans seem to be branching off alone rather than spending time together. But, not all.
It had been a couple of weeks since our PRM team from Camp Lesik had seen Lesan and her baby, when they finally caught up with them a few days ago. The team managed to observe Lesan’s activities over a whole day – from the moment she woke in the morning, until she built her night nest in the evening.
Napri was rescued from a forest-fire affected area in Hiang Bana Village, Katingan Regency (Read the full story: Orangutan Rescue Operations), and Yutris was rescued from Madara Village, South Barito Regency, in a joint effort with the Central Kalimantan BKSDA (Read the full story here: Yutris, the Newest Orphaned Orangutan to Arrive at Nyaru Menteng).
The biggest challenge in releasing orangutans back to the wild is finding suitable forest habitats for them to live in. In order to determine the viability of a forest as a potential release area, we first need to conduct a thorough phenology survey to ensure the area has a sufficient amount of natural food available all year round.
Our PRM team from Camp Nles Mamse recently monitored Raymond’s activities over several consecutive days to see how he was adapting to life in the Kehje Sewen Forest following his release on May 28.
We quickly picked up transmitter signals for Mardianto and Compost – two of our more recently released orangutans, who had been observed spending time together over the past few weeks. Our luck didn’t stop there, however. A short way upriver from this happy pair we detected a strong signal for Dewi, a 21-year-old female who was released just over a year ago.
Suddenly, movements could be heard coming from up in the trees. The team tried to identify the approaching individual by telemetry signal, but were unable to pick up a signal – this could indicate an orangutan released quite some time ago with an exhausted transmitter.
The recent reclassification of the bornean orangutan from ‘endangered’ to ‘critically endangered’ by the IUCN indicates that the hard work we have been doing is still not enough. Wild orangutans are constantly being pushed out of their natural habitats.
When I arrived at Totat Jalu Camp in March, I immediately saw Lesta and Lewis, a mother-and-son pair released to the Batikap Conservation Forest in February 2013. The pair could be seen in and around the camp, and they appeared to be very healthy and active. That day, I joined the PRM team to observe Lesta and Lewis and it was a priceless experience.
Our PRM team from Camp Nles Mamse has been tracking Angely and is happy to report she is adapting well to her new home in the Kehje Sewen Forest. Angely has been observed feeding well on breadfruit (Artocarpus sp.) and ficus fruits, which seem to be among her chosen favourites.
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Like a never-ending story, our rescue team from Nyaru Menteng have again rescued another baby orangutan that was being kept as a pet illegally by a local villager, this time in South Barito, Central Kalimantan.
Our PRM team from Nles Mamse Camp recently reported that Gadis, Hope, Raymond, Kenji, and Angely – who were released from Samboja Lestari to the Kehje Sewen Forest on May 28 – have been adapting well to their new habitat. All five orangutans have been observed actively moving through the trees and foraging well.
After several days of being out of radio tracking range, our Camp Lesik PRM team in Kehje Sewen Forest located Yayang and her baby, Louise, close to the camp one afternoon after finishing a patrol round. The team began to collect ‘found-to-nest’ data, which involves observing a located orangutan up to the point when he/she builds their night nest. That evening, Yayang built her nest only 250 metres from Camp Lesik.
Two more baby orangutans have recently come into the BOS Foundation’s care. A little boy aged between 1-2 years was brought to the BOS Foundation’s Samboja Lestari Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre on June 15, after being confiscated from a local resident in Samboja village. Just a few days later our team at Nyaru Menteng took in another baby boy on June 18, after he was rescued from Tumbang Koling village in East Kotawaringin, Central Kalimantan, by the Central Kalimantan BKSDA and Centre for Orangutan Protection.
The BOS Foundation’s centres are full to capacity, yet we continue to receive orphaned baby orangutans.
The widespread fires across Kalimantan and Sumatra are devastating forests and peatlands and have resulted in not only human casualties, but also wildlife. As the fires continue to spread, wildlife is displaced from natural habitat and many species, including orangutans and sun bears, are forced out of their natural range and into closer proximity to human settlements or villages.
Many remember the extremely disturbing story of a female orangutan under our care called Pony, who was rescued from a brothel 14 years ago. We continue to receive regular inquires about Pony, who is still being cared for within our rehabilitation centre at Nyaru Menteng, in Central Kalimantan.
The BOS Foundation’s Orangutan Reintroduction Center at Nyaru Menteng recently received another orphaned orangutan, this time from Madara village in South Barito regency.
Arief is one of these young orangutans who lost his mother and is now being cared for in our orangutan center at Samboja Lestari. Whilst in Forest School, Arief met Long a 10-year old female orangutan who loves him like her son. This is a must-read emotional story from Samboja Lestari.
On Saturday, 6 October 2012, East Kalimantan Conservation and Natural Resources Authority (BKSDA) contacted the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF) to check the health of three recently rescued orangutans: a male of around 1-2 years old, a female of 3-4 years old, and another
Nyaru Menteng staff, together with students and teachers from Bina Cita Utama (BCU) School in Palangka Raya, Central Kalimantan, celebrated Earth Day 2017Read More
BOS Foundation is dedicated to Bornean orangutan conservation and one of our tasks is to successfully reintroduce orangutans to safe natural habitat where they can establish new viable populations. We aim to give back freedom to as many orangutans as we can and one of the orangutans we reintroduce during this event has made an incredible journey; Wanna was illegally smuggled out of Indonesia to Thailand as a baby, then repatriated to Indonesia in 2006, together with another 47 illegally exported orangutans. These orangutans have been progressing through our rehabilitation program for 11 years. Wanna is now 17 and finally ready to be returned to natural habitat and freedom....read more