Supporting the BOSF
The Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF) is focused on the rescue, rehabilitation, and reintroduction of primarily of orangutans (but also other protected species, such as sun bears).
What the BOSF does?
Part of the rescue program by the BOSF includes obtaining government permissions and approvals for reintroduction sites, translocation activities and post-release and translocation monitoring. The ultimate vision for the BOSF is for Bornean orangutan and habitat conservation with the community’s participation. This breaks down into 5 core areas:
- Accelerating the release of Borneo orangutans
- Encouraging the protection of the Bornean orangutans and their habitats
- Supporting research and education activities for orangutan conservation
- Promoting the participation of partnerships with stakeholders
- Capacity Building
- Strengthening institutional capacity.
The BOSF also works on improving the orangutan habitats, particular in the Mawas Area in Central Kalimantan.
The BOSF isn’t just a safe haven for the orangutans and protected species in the area, but also the community in the local area. The Foundation has worked endlessly for the involvement and empowerment of local communities as part of the endeavour to save the spaces which has been facilitated by enhanced communication and publications, cooperation with stakeholders, conservation research, and outreach education in order to encourage the improvement of relevant legislation.
About the Orangutans
The orangutan is Asia’s only great ape and is only found on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra. There are three different co-generic species of orangutan. 90% of orangutans are found in Indonesia including Indonesian Borneo-Kalimantan and Sumatra. They are an iconic species of high intelligences and also a very important umbrella species. This means, by protecting orangutans in their natural habitat, the eco-system around them is also protected. These orangutans are currently threatened by extinction due to habitat loss and hunting. In fact, in the last 3 generations, the Bornean orangutan population has decreased by more that 80%. With organisations such as BOSF, orangutan conservation is gaining traction, both environmentally and politically.
How Big Prawn is Supporting BOSF
The Big Prawn Company has worked very closely with suppliers who support the BOSF in Kalimantan, however, we have recently launched a big campaign in order to pledge our support to this wonderful cause. Our new product, Big & Happy Borneo Tiger Prawns, in collaboration with The Happy Prawn Company, will be directly supporting the BOSF. A donation will be made with every pack sold. The Big Prawn Company have also sponsored an orangutan to help rescue and rehabilitate into the protected wild.