New Arrival at the Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Sanctuary
New Arrival at the Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Sanctuary

New Arrival at the Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Sanctuary

Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Sanctuary

Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Sanctuary

12 - 26 Nights from $1,494.00

Help to rehabilitate the largest number of captive orangutans in the world at this world-renowned orangutan sanctuary in Borneo!

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Volunteer’s Achievements at Samboja This Month

Volunteer’s Achievements at Samboja This Month

This month, volunteers at the Samboja Lestari Orangutan Project have made some incredible achievements! They’ve renovated a platform for Fleur, the sun bear, and made significant strides in renovating the new orangutan island, where Jeffrey and Yuyun will soon make their new home.

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It’s Orangutan Release Time!

It’s Orangutan Release Time!

12 more orangutans have been successfully released back into the wild from the Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Sanctuary and the Samboja Lestari Orangutan Sanctuary thanks to the hard work and dedication of the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF). Check out the release video in today's blog!

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Meet 12 orangutan candidates up for release!

Meet 12 orangutan candidates up for release!

Thanks to the hard work and dedication of the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF), 12 more orangutans are set to be released back into the wild from the Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Sanctuary and the Samboja Lestari Orangutan Sanctuary this month. Read today's blog to find out each individual release candidate's story.

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Posted by Beth Mills on 24th Feb 2023 2 mins

Habitat loss is a real threat to the future of orangutans, and in Indonesia, they are often killed as land is cleared. As a result, infant orangutans frequently become orphans or victims of the illegal pet trade. Recently, a female baby orangutan named Iqo, was rescued and taken to the Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Sanctuary, after a resident from Tumbang Kajamei village in Central Kalimantan travelled over four hours by motorcycle to kindly get her to the sanctuary.

Rescued Orangutan

Upon arrival, an examination was carried out by the veterinary team who determined her age was around 12 months. She was severely dehydrated and exhausted having allegedly been kept as a pet for five months and fed a diet of just rice.

Often when orangutans are kept as pets, they are not fed the correct diet which consequently leads to many of them being severely malnourished when rescued. This can further lead to severe health complications. Following a two-month quarantine, and after passing all her medical tests, little Iqo joined a small Forest School group at the sanctuary where she got off to a great start!

It is currently rainy season in Indonesia, so Iqo is enjoying playing in the mud pits and puddles. She eats all the fruits given to her at the sanctuary including watermelon, bananas and melons. She also loves to gobble leaves, bark, tubers, and corn. She is growing more self-sufficient every day and loves climbing tall trees. Her surrogate mothers now describe her as an independent, solitary orangutan.

Baby Orangutan Tree Climbing

Iqo still has a long way to go before she can be released back into the wild, and this is just the start of her journey! 

Orangutan in Tree

Make sure to check out our blog in future to see updates on little Iqo's progress at the Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Sanctuary.

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