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Borneo Orangutan Survival

Visit the Borneo Orangutan Survival sanctuary. An experience of a lifetime, to get up close with these beautiful primates and find out how they are prepared to return to their natural habitat.

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At Samboja, you can visit the Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) sanctuary. An experience of a lifetime, to get up close with these beautiful primates. The BOS Foundation is currently taking care of around 750 orangutans in a conservation area of some 80 km2. The orangutans have been rescued from areas of conflict, where they lost their natural habitat. You can witness the orangutans in the conservation area at several orangutan islands at feeding times.

In the sanctuary, you can also learn how the orphaned orangutans are equipped with the skills they need to survive once they are old enough to be reintroduced in the forest. In fact, they go to orangutan school and learn the skills of building nests, selecting foods, and recognizing predators. Some of the orangutans will not return to the forest due to illness or injury. They stay in the sanctuary and get long term care.

When visiting the orangutan sanctuary you can select from several tour options including visits to sunbear sanctuary, bukit bangkirai and boating activities on the Black River. You can stay overnight at the sanctuary in the beautiful Samboja lodge.

BOS offers some programs to visitors to get close to the orangutan as well as to get fresh air in the forest. Among others are feeding time orangutan, adoption baby orangutan and forest school, being volunteer to help caring the environment and provide food for orangutan as well as tracking to the forest, bird watching and planting adoption trees to support forest restoration program. From this place, you will know that unlike other great apes in Africa, orangutan spends far more in the trees and does not live in group. Orangutans are renowned for their intelligence; some have been discovered using tools, and they have been observed using leaves to make rain hats and as waterproof covers for their nests.

BOS also manage sun bear sanctuary. Around 50 sun bears are currently under their care. The sun bear, which is native to the tropical rainforest in Borneo, is the smallest species of bears in the world. They are threatened and displaced from their natural habitat by human activity. You can observe these unique bears from special viewing platforms and learn about their life, habitat and behaviour.

What to see and do?

nearby: Borneo Orangutan Survival
  • When you prefer to go by bike instead of by foot, you can rent an all terrain bike (ATB) and explore the rainforest through some exciting biking tracks.
    Biking trails
    Biking trails
  • In the rainforest of Kutai Kartanegara you have beautiful possibilities for bird watching. For example in the wetland areas of Black River in Samboja or the nature reserve of Muara Kaman, upstream the Mahakam.
    Bird watching
    Bird watching
  • In the immediate vicinity of Bukit Bangkirai, you can experience the Borneo jungle by boating the rainforest river of Sungai Hitam. This is the so-called Black River, one of the wetland areas in East Kalimantan.
    Boating black river
    Boating black river
  • Visit the Borneo Orangutan Survival sanctuary. An experience of a lifetime, to get up close with these beautiful primates and find out how they are prepared to return to their natural habitat.
    Borneo Orangutan Survival
    Borneo Orangutan Survival
  • At Bukit Bangkirai, you can enjoy the tropical rainforest of Borneo through a canopy bridge at a height of 30 metres from the ground!
    Canopy walk
    Canopy walk

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