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Director: Dr.Ir. Aldrianto
Mission: We seek to contribute to the conservation of orangutans and their ecosystem. Additional principles: The conservation of orangutans is an important part of safeguarding Indonesia's and the world's heritage. The welfare and health of the animals in our care is of primary concern. The education and the participation of local people is a key factor to achieve long term conservation goals.
Principal Research Programs: Health management of orangutans, including parasitological work, hepatitis B, and tuberculois research, and genetic typing of orangutans; Orangutan reintroduction, including evaluation of rehabilitation success, assessment of carrying capacity of potential release sites, selection of potential conservation areas for orangutans using GIS and radar monitoring technologies through the PT SarVision Indonesia company owned by BOS Indonesia, studies of feeding behavior and plant utilization by orangutans as well as their influence upon regeneration of various plants in the tropical rain forests, and studies on orangutan intelligence and imitation as well as social aspects both before and after release in the wild; Research on smuggling and hunting of orangutans in Kalimantan. Establishment of new protected areas for wild orangutans, particularly the Samboja Lestari area in East Kalimantan and the more than 1 Million acres large Mawas reserve in Central Kalimantan which was identified during the 2004 Orangutan PHVA as holding the most important wild orangutan population. Rescue of wild orangutans from destroyed forests, timber plantations and land clearing for oil palm plantations and relocation to safe areas. Large education and extension program for primate conservation for schools and local communities. Very large education center in the Schmutzer Primate Center in the Jakarta zoo.
Training Opportunities: The Wanariset station every year provides training course to people from all over Indonesia in various fields such as reforestation techniques, fire control, forest inventory, tree recognition. Also provided are courses on more specific general handling of orangutans for Ministry of Forestry personnel and people of some local NGO's. Many educational activities are constantly undertaken for educating school children and local communities about conservation. BOS supports national media awareness campaigns for orangutan conservation on TV and in magazines as well.
Financial Aid: Students from around the world can propose study subjects to the Scientific Advisory Board (requests to Dr. Anne Russon, Secretary SAB, ( ARusson@gl.yorku.ca ) for evaluation and setting of priorities. Funding only available for Indonesians. Proposals can be send and agreed upon any time.
Number of Staff: 354
Associated Field Sites: Camp Sinaga and Camp Djamaludin in Sungai wain, Camp Meratus in the Meratus protected forest, all in East-Kalimantan Contact person : Drh. Citra Nente, project Manager orangutan reintroduction ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) Focus on field research on reintroduced orangutans, phenological studies, other botanical studies, combination with space born radar monitoring for forest protection. Other location : The Nyaru Menteng orangutan center near Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan. Contact person : Lone Droschner Nielsen, email@example.com Focus on reintroducing orangutans to swamp forests. Cooperation with local Dayak communities for conservation purposes. The Mawas reserve, including the new field research stations Tuanan, Bagantung and Harapan Baru inside this area to the East of Palangkaraya. For the field research contact person Prof. Carel van Schaik. For Mawas in general Odom, firstname.lastname@example.org
Supported Species: 575 Pongo pygmaeus (Bornean orangutan)
Publications: To keep overhead low, all communications go through six different websites. All of the different language websites can be reached through : http://www.savetheorangutan.info
Comments: We do not work with foreign volunteers in order not to take away job opportunities from the local people whose support is crucial for our activities. Also the government regulations do not allow us to have foreign volunteers working in our project. There are however opportunities for students (see above)
Last Updated: 2005-06-22
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