Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation

Some days back, when I was browsing through my YouTube feed, I came across this, both, heartwarming and heart wrenching video. It was titled, “Orphaned Baby Orangutans carried in wheelbarrows at BOSF”. The cute antics of the babies made me smile warmly but also made me quite sad. I wondered, how come these human-like babies are orphaned? And then, I came about to this site of the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation.

Indonesia and Sumatra are the only home to these creatures, who share 97% of our human DNA. Orangutans are quite smart and share well developed social bonds. They make their nests from the foliage and forage the green jungles for more than 400 different types of plants, which compose their diets. The baby orangutans live with their mothers for about 9 years! They learn all the skills necessary required fora sustaining their life in the jungle.

But today, these human counterparts face a grave danger… Whole jungles in Indonesia are being burnt away for creating huge plantations. Orangutans are captured for the illegal pet trade, in which they are forced to live a miserable, sad life in smelly cages and with insufficient food, either in zoos or human houses. Poachers are a threat too, to the decreasing Orangutan population.

And that’s where BOSF comes in! They rescue orphaned baby orangutans from their miseries and bring them to the safe habitat of BOSF. Their centers are located at two places in Kalimantan. Their aim is to rehabilitate the babies from the trauma they have faced and train them for the life in the jungle. These babies would have been totally dependent on their orangutan mothers to learn all the necessary skills. But in this case, their surrogate mothers take up the job!

BOSF leads a massive plan, as each orangutan baby needs nine years of care before its fully equipped with the skills. BOSF has been in action to protect this endangered species since 1991.

But their role does not end after nine years! No! After that the grown-up, released orangutans are monitored, and BOSF always strives to improve its ways of rehabilitating orangutans. 

BOSF has been successful in buying land the size of Singapore in 2009, and that has been dedicated to the survival of these awe-inspiring souls.

If you go on BOSF’s YouTube channel, you will come to know how human-like are Orangutans. They are at the top of their ecosystems, and their survival is necessary for the continuation of many species. You will know the orphaned babies like they are one of your own family members after some time. I am astonished how can someone be so cruel as to hurt these gentle creatures.

An entire species is on the brink of extinction! They need our help! Your help can be donations or spreading awareness! 

We have to act now before it’s too late…

~Arnav Gupta

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