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Up close and personal with orang-utans in Indonesia

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Date: February 13th 2020
Traveller: Carla Rijnders
For the last couple of years, orang-utans are having a hard time. There is a lot of deforestation of the lowland forest in Borneo and Sumatra, Indonesia – one of their natural habitats – and with no place to live, they have no way to survive.

That’s why we were so happy to learn more about the Borneo Orang-utan Survival (BOS) Foundation. This Indonesian non-profit organization was set up in 1991, dedicated to the conservation of the Bornean orang-utan and its habitat. They work together with local communities, the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry and international partners.

Since their start in 1991, they worked from scratch. As said there is a lot of deforestation in the area, so the first thing that needed to be done was planting shade trees, which help to reduce soil erosion, improve infiltration of water and all these kind of things to get nature back.
Only once that was done and set up, they could start planting trees and plants that are similar to the rain forest that used to be here. It was a lot of work before the orang-utans even came into play. But once this was set up, in 1999, the BOS Foundation was able to start the re-introduction project. And this is going really well. In the past years, they were able to release 465 orang-utans in the wild, 19 wild-born babies came out of that, all in the 4,606km2 rainforest that is under there care. How amazing is this?

If you’re like us and are excited about this kind of news than maybe the 3 days Samboja orang-utan experience in Kalimantan is something for you. During these 3 days, you’ll be able to observe these incredible creatures. Help plant fruit trees to support the area they live in. Enjoy some leisure time by trekking through this amazing rainforest, and even enjoy a canoe trip on the black river.
During this time you will get to know so much about the area, orang-utans, but also proboscis monkeys, the sun bear and more!

We hope you enjoy this once in a lifetime opportunity as much as we do!


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