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The Orangutan Protection Foundation supports the largest primate rescue and rehabilitation organisation in the world today operated by BOS Foundation.

The Foundation has nearly 4,000 orangutans under its protection. That equates to 10% of the world's remaining population.

It employs over 500 people at its projects in Central & East Kalimantan.

Nearly all of its employees are Indonesian, empowering local people to be a force for change.

Did you know....?

Orangutans demonstrate aptitude with tools.

Their colour renders them invisible when in the canopy.

Rambutans and durian are their favourite fruits!

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"Forests Forever For Orangutans"

Sometimes the simplest dreams are the hardest to realise and when the dream is as simple as sleeping in a nest of leaves and branches underneath the stars, the world must be a very complicated place. For many years, BOS Foundation searched regions in the expansive landscape of Indonesia seeking such an uncomplicated place to safely release the hundreds of Orangutans that had fallen under its care.

Even when such a place is discovered, it must meet a series of criteria to be considered suitable for the release of rehabilitated orangutans. The logistics are challenging; a team of scientists and researchers are constantly seeking prospective areas for suitability, and assessing numbers that can be safely released into each.  Potential sites must be as secure as possible from encroachment by predators – human and animal – and should be surrounded by natural barriers, such as mountain chains and rivers.  Foods suitable for their dietary needs must be available on an ongoing basis, and the site needs to be free of an existing, sustainable population of wild orangutans.

PT. RHOI (Restorasi Habitat Orangutan Indonesia), established in 2010 by BOS Foundation, works to source such areas of pristine rainforest, and obtain the forest concessions necessary for Ecosystem Restoration.  It is a real collaboration between government and NGO, a collaboration that makes the release of orangutans like Astrid, Tarzan, Monic and Tantri possible.  They are the first of Nyaru Menteng’s orangutans to be given their freedom in an area of conservation forest specifically authorised by the Indonesian government for this purpose.

The heart of RHOI is the safety of the orangutans that have been rescued and rehabilitated by BOS Foundation, creating a permanent place of safety for wild, semi-wild or rehabilitated orangutans, now and for the future.

But so far so good! All indicators point to the fact that orangutans like Astrid, Tantri, Monic and Tarzan are thriving in their new home, and have even begun families of their own! They are being carefully monitored – using radio telemetry via subcutaneous microchips - for the time being until the monitoring team are confident they have adapted to true independence.

The funding required for the entire process is estimated to be in the region of £5,500 per orangutan. This project presents an enormous challenge, not only for the BOS Foundation, PT. RHOI and the Indonesian government departments involved, but for us at OPF as well.  You have always been so generous in your support of orangutans like Kesi, Lomon, Grendon and Ruthie, and we feel sure that you’ll want the opportunity to help RHOI provide them with suitable areas of rainforest which will enable them to live wild and free again.

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