The population of wild Orangutans has declined by more than half in the last 50 years, and approximately 80% of their natural habitat has been lost in the last half century.
Humans threaten their survival due to illegal hunting, illegal wildlife trade and habitat destruction from illegal logging, oil-palm plantations, forest fires, mining and small-scale shifting cultivation.
Orangutans share 97% of the same DNA as humans, and are an important umbrella species that help maintain and sustain forest ecology. Well-managed forests generate clean air, fresh water, both wood-based and non-wooden products, and help regulate the climate. Forests depend on Orangutans, therefore humans depend on Orangutans to keep forests thriving.
Due to the current pandemic, BOSF has been closing its Orangutan rehabilitation centres around Kalimantan to the public, volunteers and researchers for several months. Despite these closures, their post-release monitoring (PRM) team is still conducting daily routine patrols in the forest and observing Orangutans with extra measures required.