Due to the continuous loss of natural habitat, the orangutan has become a critically endangered species. To raise awareness on this urgent matter, DARE THIS financially adopted Sura and Jelapat, two young orphaned orangutans both rescued by the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF).

Critically endangered

The orangutan lives in the rain forest on the islands of Sumatra and Borneo, in Indonesia and Malaysia. Forest fires, illegal logging, and an increase of palm plantations have resulted in a drastic reduction of their habitat. In addition, orangutans are poached for illegal animal trade and hunted for food. Within the last 3 generations the orangutan population has decreased by more than 80% and it is estimated that approximately 72,500 orangutans are left. They have been classified as critically endangered. Despite local regulations that aim to protect orangutans, forests are still being cleared, logged or burnt and thus the loss of the orangutans’ natural habitat is continuing.

Raising awareness and supporting the BOSFoundation

The BOSFoundation is an Indonesian non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of the orangutan and its habitat. The foundation cooperates with local communities, the Indonesian goverment and international organizations. They rescue and rehabilitate displaced or orphaned orangutans, and reintroduce them to the forest.

To support the BOSFoundation and raise awareness, DARE THIS financially adopted 2 orangutans in February 2019. The funds for adoption have been raised by 11 year old students from a primary school in the Netherlands. DARE THIS guided and supported this initiative by raising awareness about the importance of rain forests, deforestation, palm oil production and endangered flora and fauna.

Lucky Jelapat and Energetic Sura

The 2 orangutans that we financially adopted are Jelapat and Sura, both rescued by BOSFoundation.

The 3-year old Jelapat was illegally kept as a pet by a villager in Central Kalimantan, who found him wandering in a gold-mine area, weak and all alone. Jelapat’s mother was probably killed in a devastating forest fire. Now, the playful and active orangutan climbs trees, and wrestles the babysitters at the Forest School in preparation to eventually return to the natural habitat in remote pristine rainforest.

Sura was only 4 months old when he lost his mother. She was killed intentionally. When Sura was found, he was injured and three fingers on his left hand were cut off. Now Sura is in good health and making great progress. He is one of the most energetic students in Forest School and diligently practices his basic skills. Most of the time he climbs trees, and occasionally he sleeps over in the forest together with friends.

Do you want to know more about the BOSFoundation or do you want to financially help adopting an orangutan? Go to their website: https://orangutan.or.id/