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BOS Foundation 2016 Annual Newsletter
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Dear Han,

Happy New Year and welcome to our year-end Special Issue of FOREST VOICE! Thanks to your generous support, 2016 was another incredible year for the BOS Foundation and the orangutans under our care. 

This year we marked our 25th Anniversary and returned even more orangutans to safe natural habitat, bringing our total since 2012 to over 250 orangutans! We secured a new release site in Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park, and also over 2,000 hectares of Salat Island in Central Kalimantan to serve as a huge pre-release island and long-term sanctuary; and we started constructing new Baby Houses at our rehabilitation centres in both Central and East Kalimantan, to name just a few of our successes in 2016.

Sadly, we were still tasked with rescuing even more stranded and orphaned orangutans throughout the year due to ongoing habitat loss and changes in land use. We rescued and translocated almost 40 orangutans, which had been displaced by fire from one location alone, and took in more than 30 orphaned orangutans all of whom are now learning the forest skills they need to be returned to natural habitat. 

  
Turning to the year ahead we are looking to protect even more orangutans with your help. This year is all about their FREEDOM and though the challenges remain, we continue to strive to improve the conservation prospects for orangutans and believe that with your continued support, we will succeed!  

Thank you to you all for generously supporting and saving orangutans!
CENTRAL KALIMANTAN ORANGUTAN RELEASE
With more than 450 orangutans still under our care at Nyaru Menteng, successfully reintroducing orangutans to natural habitat is a crucial part of our work. Over the past year, we released 41 orangutans into Central Kalimantan bringing our total since 2012, to 196 rehabilitated orangutans. With your support this year we will continue to reintroduce orangutans into the Bukit Batikap Conservation Forest in Murung Raya Regency, and the Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park in Katingan Regency.
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EAST KALIMANTAN ORANGUTAN RELEASE
In East Kalimantan, our team at Samboja Lestari conducted three releases in 2016, successfully reintroducing 15 orangutans to the 86,400-hectare Kehje Sewen Forest in East Kutai and Kutai Kartanegara regencies. The area now supports 55 of our ex-rehabilitated orangutans, who we monitor and observe on a daily basis.
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BOS FOUNDATION’S 25TH ANNIVERSARY
To mark our 25th anniversary, two major events took place in Jakarta to help raise awareness on the plight of Bornean orangutans. The first event, a #CaringForOrangutans Fun Walk, was held on November 13 with more than 100 participants joining the event, including several well-known artists and entertainment industry figures, partner organisations and donors. 

The second event, an official evening gathering was held on November 18. The celebration honoured and acknowledged members of our hardworking dedicated staff for their commitment to orangutan and habitat conservation.
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SALAT NUSA ISLAND INAUGURATION
Salat Nusa Island, a pristine forest area located in Pulang Pisau Regency, Central Kalimantan, officially became operational in 2016 as our main pre-release and sanctuary island, which is an amazing achievement for orangutan conservation! Twelve rehabilitated orangutans were moved from Nyaru Menteng to the Salat Nusa Island area and we are delighted to report that all are doing very well in their new environment.

With additional support from PT SSMS, the BOS Foundation successfully established partnerships with other stakeholders in the area, including the local government and the people of Pulang Pisau Regency. PT SSMS also provided an additional 1,434 hectares of land on Salat, which will be utilized for our pre-release and sanctuary activities here over the coming year and beyond.
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2016 IN RETROSPECT
TNBBBR First Release – as the Bukit Batikap Conservation Forest is close to reaching maximum orangutan carrying capacity, the BOS Foundation established a cooperation with the Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park (TNBBBR) Office to utilize the TNBBBR as a release area for rehabilitated orangutans from Nyaru Menteng. The first release of 10 individuals to the national park took place in August!
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Rescue in Mawas the 2015 forest fires caused horrendous habitat destruction and left hundreds, if not thousands, of orangutans stranded. At the beginning of 2016, the BOS Foundation and the Central Kalimantan BKSDA conducted a rescue mission that saved 37 orangutans and translocated all but one, who suffered near-fatal injuries and is now being cared for at our rehabilitation centre.
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Rescue and Rehab – continued forest destruction and land use changes have created an endless stream of orphaned orangutans coming to our orangutan rehabilitation centres at Samboja Lestari and Nyaru Menteng. In total, we took in 33 young orangutans in 2016, which had either been captured or were being held illegally by local people.
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New Babyhouse – The preparations for the construction of much-needed new Baby Houses started at Nyaru Menteng and Samboja Lestari. Thanks to your generous donations, our baby orangutans will now have a better place to sleep, learn and grow!
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More Support – Our work is only possible with your support and this year brought new support from the art and entertainment industry. We are confident that if everyone joins hands, orangutan future survival can be achieved!  Thank you all for your amazing support in 2016 and we look forward to working even harder in 2017 for orangutans.
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More News From The BOSF Website:
  1. Mission Accomplished: BOS Foundation Releases 251 Orangutans
  2. BOS Foundation Marks World Wildlife Conservation Day With Another Orangutan Release
  3. PRESS RELEASE: The BOS Foundation Releases 251 Orangutans Since 2012
  4. Samboja Lestari 10th Orangutan Release Candidate Profiles
  5. PRESS RELEASE: Third Orangutan Release by BOS Foundation and Central Kalimantan BKSDA in Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park
  6. Nyaru Menteng 15th Orangutan release Candidate Profiles
  7. My Last Week in Kehje Sewen Forest
  8. Celebrating BOS Foundation’s 25th Anniversary
  9. Five Orangutans Adapt Well in Kehje Sewen Forest
  10. PRESS RELEASE: BOSF Reflects on 25 Years of Work: “Orangutans Endangered Yet Poorly Protected”
  11. A Reflection: BOS Foundation 25 Years Caring for Orangutans
  12. Orangutan Caring Week: Help Us Care for Meryl and Her Friends!
  13. PRESS RELEASE: Funwalk Caring for Orangutans with BOS Foundation
  14. Pre Release Salat Nusa Islands Finally in Use
  15. Lesan and Baby Seen With Casey
  16. BOS Foundation Establishes an Orangutan Conservation Area on Salat Island
  17. Orangutan Caring Week
  18. BOS Foundation’s 9th Orangutan Release in Kehje Sewen Forest
  19. Saving Bornean Orangutans
  20. Sayang Goes Solo in Kehje Sewen Forest
  21. Busy Mother Emen Knows How to Relax
  22. PRESS RELEASE: BOS Foundation to Release Four More Orangutans in East Kalimantan
  23. Kent Returns Home
  24. Candidate Profiles of the 9th Samboja Lestari Orangutan Release  October 2016
  25. BOS Foundation Releases Eight More Orangutans in BBBR National Park
  26. Released Orangutans Reunite in Kehje Sewen Forest
  27. New Babyhouse in Nyaru Menteng
  28. Great Apes Giving Day Sucess!
  29. PRESS RELEASE: BOS Foundation and Central Kalimantan BKSDA Release More Orangutans to Bukit Baka Bukti Raya National Park
  30. Nyaru Menteng 14th Orangutan Reelase Candidate Profiles
  31. Join us This Great Apes Giving Day!
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