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29 August 2020 Update

WRC – new pool for the sun bears

WRC - new cage for the macaques

WRC – new cage for the macaques

Thanks to your donations and to a long term volunteer who is working full time at the Wildlife Rescue Centre (WRC) in Jogjakarta, Indonesia, 3 of the renovations we had planed are done and the others are in progress: the 2 sun bears have a new pool, the food prep room has new tiles, the macaques have a new large cage and soon there will also be a large cage for the binturongs, one for the eagles and another for the gibbons.



BOSF – Kancil and Banjar in their enclosure

At the Samboja Lestari rescue centre of the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF), the 16 new forest enclosures are finished and most of the 71 sun bears are now dispatched in their new homes enjoying their natural habitat. But the arrival of many new bears at the centre in the last 12 months has once again put the sanctuary in a position of overcapacity. The plan for now is to build one new forest enclosure of 0,5 Ha in size for the 2 cubs Lucy and Alaya who still don’t have access to the forest.

BOSF - Lucy

BOSF – Lucy (July 2020)

The cost for constructing this new 0,5 Ha enclosure with 2 dens is about 30.000 EUR. We hope that BOS Switzerland will be able to fundraise 50% while Sun Bear Outreach will try to raise the other 50% and supervise the construction. With the COVID pandemic it is impossible to plan things too much in advance, but I’m hoping we can get construction going before the end of 2020.

Thank you for your support.

28 March 2020 update

As the coronavirus spreads around the world and countries lock down one after the other, it becomes increasingly difficult for many animal rescue centres that depend financially on visitors and volunteers to be able to meet their running costs…

17 December 2019 UPDATE

Construction of the 15 forest enclosures (A to O) is going well at Samboja Lestari, the rescue centre of Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF). They are all done except for one, Enclosure J, which we are now working on.…

Pampy, Madu, Khala and Tanky

The Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation now has 4 sun bear cubs! -Pampy (6 months old) female, arrived at BOS Samboja on 14 September, now going out in the forest every day at the rescue centre. -Madu (7 months old)…

November 2019 Update

Maria arrived at Samboja Lestari in East Kalimantan, Borneo in 2008 with her male partner called Fahri. They were both originally from Sumatra and had spent some years in a rescue centre in Sulawesi. At Samboja they were kept…


All is going well with the construction of the enclosures at the Borneo Orangutan Survival sanctuary in Samboja, East Kalimantan. We recently received 7 new bears from the other BOS sanctuary in Nyaru Menteng who will soon be going…

2nd May 2019 UPDATE

I’m happy to write that the 4 bears Jojo, Haq, Christie and Wiwin are now enjoying their new home called Enclosure F : a 0,8 hectare (2 acres) enclosure of dense rainforest. These bears have known nothing more than…

January 20th 2019 update

Thanks to the financial support of BOS Switzerland, the construction of the sun bear enclosures at BOS Samboja Lestari in East Kalimantan Indonesia is going very well. Rather than making the enclosures one by one as we had been…

September 2018 update

It took longer than planned, but Enclosure E was finally completed in June and 3 bears, Oscar, Arkana and Sibear are now enjoying it. Arkana is particularly happy because she really hates being locked up. She arrived at Samboja…

30 April 2018 Update

We are still working on the construction of Enclosure E at the sun bear sanctuary of BOSF in East Kalimantan. The rains and the difficulty of bringing the supplies to the construction site have considerably slowed the progress but…