Support one of our rescued orangutans for as little as £3 $5 per month.
Adopt for yourself or as a gift today and receive:
- Quarterly adoption updates about your orangutan
- 10% off all items in our store
- Special offers to our upcoming events
- A free copy of next years BOS calendar near years-end
Plus the adoption pack materials listed below
In addition, based on the package you choose you will also receive:
A professionally printed and framed photo of their adoptee with a personalised adoption certificate
For UK residents, you can choose to pay by Direct Debit here.
Kopral & Shelton
Kopral: In December 2009, aged 4 years old, Kopral escaped the cage where he was being kept as a pet, climbed a telegraph pole and was electrocuted when he grabbed hold of the live wires. Thinking that Kopral would die of his injuries, his ‘owners’ waited a week before bringing him to Samboja Lestari. The injuries he had sustained were horrific, his right arm had no flesh left, only bone, and his left arm and both legs were also burnt. The Vet team had no choice but to amputate both of Kopral’s arms. Incredibly, within 4 months Kopral was at Forest School, his love of life and sheer determination to keep calm and carry on, astonishing and inspiring the whole of the Samboja team. Kopral has exceeded all hopes and expectations and now he’s a cheerful, independent individual whose resilience, nest making skills and ‘can do’ attitude to life make him a role model to his peers.
Shelton: In January 2012, 6 year old Shelton arrived at Samboja in even worse condition than Kopral. Shelton had wandered into a village searching for food and had been beaten and shot and then left for dead in an area of forest. The physical and psychological trauma he had suffered at the hands of humans made his recovery unimaginably hard, but once again, the love and expertise of the Samboja Lestari team turned his life around. And then Kopral and Shelton found each other, kindred spirits who are now best friends. There is so much that can be learned from Kopral and Shelton and the potential that lies in each and every one of us.
In June 2018, 3-month-old Monita was confiscated from a villager in Pangkoh by our rescue team from Nyaru Menteng together with the Central Kalimantan Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA). The villager claimed to have found her stranded alone in a forested area near a palm oil plantation and had decided to take her home. Monita was held captive for several days, during which time she was treated like a human baby: she was bathed and clothed. Fortunately, despite being so small and delicate, Monita had not sustained any injuries and was in good physical health.
A month after she was rescued, Monita had gained weight and started to actively play in the quarantine facility’s playground area.
It is extremely heartbreaking to see that baby orangutans continue to be separated from their mothers and lose their right to learn from them how to survive in the wild. To sponsor Monita, please follow this link
Jelapat was being kept as a pet illegally by a local villager in Central Kalimantan. The local resident, who had named him Jelapat, claimed to have found him wandering alone and weak in a gold-mining area. Forest fires had devastated the area around that time, destroying all the trees and blanketing the region in a thick haze: Sadly, his mother undoubtedly perished in the fires or was killed intentionally.
For many months, the BOS Foundation worked tirelessly with a number of authorities through the Indonesian Embassy in Kuwait to successfully repatriate this 2-year-old male orangutan. Taymur was illegally traded and transported to Kuwait, then later discovered by Kuwaiti police following a traffic accident involving the person who was holding him illegally as a pet. Taymur was with the suspect, who was under the influence of narcotics at the time of the incident, and was subsequently secured by the Kuwaiti authorities before being returned to Indonesia.
In June 2016, 5 month old Mema was handed in to Nyaru Menteng in a cardboard box, she was close to dying of starvation and exhaustion. A local villager claimed to have come across her whilst searching for firewood in a burned peat area. Peat forest fires kill many orangutans, and this is possibly Mema’s mother’s fate but, she would have attempted to flee the fire and wouldn’t have left her baby alone. Orangutan mother’s will protect their babies to the death, curling up around them in an attempt to protect them, so we’ll never really know what happened.
Topan was rescued on October 13, 2017 and arrived at Nyaru Menteng in a very weak state after being found by local villagers near a river. She was severely dehydrated, malnourished, and dangerously underweight at only 1.5 kg. After spending a few days in our intensive care unit, Topan’s condition improved, and she was able to join other babies in the quarantined section of the Baby House. Thanks to the dedication and loving care of our Nyaru Menteng team, Topan is slowly regaining her health and confidence.
Bumi, (meaning ‘Earth’ in English), was admitted to Nyaru Menteng on June 18, 2016, after he was rescued from Tumbang Koling village in East Kotawaringin, by the Central Kalimantan BKSDA and Centre for Orangutan Protection.
Bumi was in shocking condition, so weak that he couldn’t even open his eyes, and he had a fresh wound on his belly button from his umbilical cord, indicating that he was a new-born less than two weeks old. We believe that he was violently separated from his mother shortly after his birth.
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Kopral & Shelton
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