Meet the Orangutans at Samboja Lestari in Borneo!
Meet the Orangutans at Samboja Lestari in Borneo!

Meet the Orangutans at Samboja Lestari in Borneo!

Samboja Lestari Orangutan Volunteer Project

Samboja Lestari Orangutan Volunteer Project

12 - 26 Nights from $1,744.00

Work on enrichment for 112 orangutans and 72 sun bears at the world-renowned Samboja Lestari Rescue Centre

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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 Amy Ruggiero on 6th Apr 2016 3 mins

You may already know that there are over 200 orangutans at Samboja, but we wanted to introduce you to some of them so you would see some familiar faces when you head over to Borneo! Take a look and meet some of the Samboja orangutans!

Bujang - Age 27

Orangutan

Bujang is somewhat of a celebrity at BOSF. He can be found on one of the islands and loves to pose for a picture! He is a very handsome orangutan and is always showing off, letting us know how big and strong he is. He was originally used in the circus before being rescued by BOSF and now lives a rather relaxed life with his friend Annie. His hair is always immaculate and we're all getting a little jealous that we can't make ours look the same!

Ical - Age 5

Baby Orangutan

Ical lives on an island with his mum and other mothers and babies. He is by far the most cheeky though and is always finding new imaginative ways to amuse himself. He is lucky enough to still have his mother who cleans him and makes sure he doesn’t get into too much mischief. He also has two friends that he loves to play with on the island called Mureen and Alehandro.

Mureen - Age 4

Borneo Orangutan

Mureen can also be found on the mothers and babies island. She is a more gentle character than Ical but still very curious and has recently decided that throwing large rocks into the moat is lots of fun. When her other two, more boisterous friends start to play fight, she soon knows to get out of the way before someone gets hurt.

Antony and Pedro - Both Age 4

Best friends Antony and Pedro are inseparable; they are rarely seen apart while exploring the forest in baby school. Both of them are cheeky boys and are always getting into mischief. Soon they will graduate to forest school 1 where they will learn quickly that orangutans live in trees and not on the ground as at the moment they are both very lazy when it comes to climbing up the trees!

Harriet - Age 4

Harriet was rescued by BOSF 1 year ago. She had been kept in a small cage next to a loud generator for most of her short life and was very traumatized. She has almost fully recovered from this traumatic event since coming to BOSF and lives in the baby house enjoying the forest every day. Harriet is a very gentle character and normally stumbles around (which is both cute and amusing) as she slowly learns how to be an orangutan.

Candra - 4 months old

Candra is a new arrival to Baby School. As she is only 4 months old she spends most of her time being cared for by the staff at the sanctuary as she is too small to take care of herself. She has proven to be a source of intrigue for the other baby Orangutans at the centre who aren't quite sure what to make of her yet!


If you would like the chance to see these Orangutans at Samboja Lestari then you can find out more about and book the project here!

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