Support Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Australia and help save the orangutans!

Orangutans – one of our closest relatives.

 Orangutans are highly intelligent with an ability to reason and think. This large, gentle red ape is one of our closest relatives, sharing 98% of our DNA. They are part of the great ape family, so they don’t have a tail and tend to be larger and heavier than monkeys, even though they are both primates. Great apes also have a bigger brain and can use tools, such as sticks, to help them get food to eat or leaves to make a sunshade or umbrella.

Orangutans live in Asia and are found on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra, living in lowland and hilly tropical rainforests. They are regarded as an ‘umbrella species’, which means they are pivotal in creating the necessary environment for the thousands of fauna and flora that make up the biodiversity of the South East Asian rain forest. Its arboreal tree-swinging journeys help to spread tree seeds – in fact some trees can only germinate when they have passed through its gut.

They need our help!

Orangutans are an endangered species, with an estimated 50,000 left in the wild. The greatest threat to their survival is the extensive destruction of the rainforest. Some experts say about 6,000 orangutans are disappearing every year and without our collective help orangutans could be extinct in the wild within our lifetime. Estimates of the numbers left in the wild vary from as low as 16,000 to as high as 65,000. Most recent estimates indicate fewer than 7000 Sumatran orangutans and 50,000 Bornean orangutans survive in the wild today.

There are numerous threats to the viability of the remaining wild orangutan population in Indonesia and Malaysia. The primary threat is loss of habitat with up to 80% of suitable forest in Indonesia and Malaysia having been lost in the past 20 years. Other threats, which often go hand-in-hand with the destruction of the rainforest, are the illegal pet trade and poaching.

About Borneo Orangutan Survival Australia

“BOS Australia” contributes to the conservation and protection of orangutans and their habitat by fundraising and increasing awareness. It does so by funding, supporting, and assisting with the activities undertaken by the BOS Foundation (“BOS Indonesia”) for the protection, preservation and survival of orangutans.

In the 2012-2013 year they sent in excess of $250,000 to BOS Indonesia to help with their rehabilitation and release programmes as well as caring for those orangutans who for various reasons are unable to be returned the wild. They also witnessed and funded the continuation of the Orangutan release programme. 91 Orangutans have now been returned to their forest homes since February 2012. There are still some 600 orangutans to be released so the job has just begun. Plans are well under way for the funding of two coordinators who will focus on behavioural enrichment for the orangutans who are unable to be released due to disability or illness.

Supporting Borneo Orangutan Survival Australia

 Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care provider based in the Sydney greater metropolitan area and Hunter Central Coast of N.S.W, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people in N.S.W, including contemporary, quality, family-based foster care and effective and specialist support services to children and young people and their families. PRFC operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support such organisations as BOS Australia as they encompass similar ideals.

Have you considered fostering a young one? PRFC undertakes regular planning and evaluation and has a focus on personal development and training. If you would like to become a foster carer and join our team providing effective and meaningful care to children and young people, please contact us!

We also provide family contact services, and these specialize in contact supervision for children in out of home care with their parents and other significant family members.

We can be reached at

Learn more about our foster care agency in NSW at

How you can help

The funding for BOS Australia’s projects are raised through donations, orangutan adoptions, merchandise sales and other fundraising events and efforts organised by volunteer groups and the committee. You can do your bit to help by donating now:

You can also adopt an Orangutan and ensure that they will be cared for around-the-clock by dedicated ‘nannies’, who teach them everything they need to know for when it’s time to release them back to the wild in places not threatened by people.


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