HQ address: PO Box 341
Region: SE Asia & Pacific
Type of Organisation: NGO,
Interest in Forestry: peripheral
The Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOS) is a not-for-profit foundation supported by thirteen sister organizations around the world. (Until the recent name change, BOS was also known as the Balikpapan Orangutan Survival Foundation.) BOS works under an official agreement with the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry for the conservation of orangutans and their ecosystem by involving and educating the local people. BOS is presently running the world's largest primate conservation project and employs more than 200 permanent staff. BOS' interests cover biodiversity issues (flora and fauna), forest rehabilitation, forest inventory and monitoring (through its company PT SarVision Indonesia), agroforestry (to improve local peoples' welfare and education), as well as working with orangutans and other protected wildlife.
BOS was formed in 1991 when Dr. Willie Smits, a tropical forest ecologist and senior advisor to the Minister of Forestry of Indonesia, found a sick orangutan in the local market. He managed to keep her alive and was then given a second problematic baby, and had to care for the two of them.
The foundation has a board of directors, supervised by Ir. Djamaludin Suryohadikusumo, former Minister of Forestry of the Republic of Indonesia, who is also the patron of the foundation together with His Royal Highness Prince Bernhard of The Netherlands. The board of directors is assisted by a scientific advisory board, which comprises orangutan experts and other specialists from Indonesia and around the world