Our Mission

To save and protect the critically endangered orangutan and its habitats





About Us

BOS Germany is a non-profit nature and species protection organization that is dedicated to protecting the last orangutans and their habitat. The association was founded twenty years ago. Since then, other BOS organizations have sprung up all over the world. Over time, a small initiative has become a veritable NGO.
The BOS Foundation operates two rescue stations on Borneo (Samboja Lestari and Nyaru Menteng), in which around 400 rescued, confiscated, injured and orphaned orangutans have currently found refuge. An extensive rehabilitation program makes the peaceful primates fit for a life in freedom. In the centers they receive medical care, receive sufficient healthy food and are prepared for their independent life in the rainforest in the forest kindergarten, in the forest school and finally on the pre-game islands. The aim is to release them one day in our designated protected areas – combined with the hope that they will produce offspring and thus contribute to species conservation.
In September 2013, BOS Germany joined the “Transparent Civil Society” initiative.
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Our History

BOS Germany was founded in 2001 (10 years after the founding of the BOS Foundation) on the initiative of the doctors Dr. Jochen-Peter Collin (2013) and Dr. Eberhard Kreikemeier (2017) as well as the Berlin maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Dr. Klaus U. Schendel (2015). In addition to BOS Germany, other BOS organizations were founded in Europe and Australia during this time.

The BOS Foundation was founded in 1991 in Balikpapan, Borneo by Dutch forest scientist Dr. Willie Smits, teacher Peter Karsono and others. BOS (= Dutch: Forest) initially stood for Balikpapan Orangutan Society and was later renamed Borneo Orangutan Survival.

From 2003 to 2010, Boris Thiemig was chairman of the board and Martina Wiesmayr led the association. In these years, a small initiative has become a veritable NGO whose expertise is now needed not only in the protection of orangutans, but also in matters of palm oil.

Since a change in the statutes in 2010, Leonhard “Lwe” Graf Rothkirch has been chairman of the now purely voluntary board of BOS eV, whose increasingly professionalized office has been located at Potsdamer Str. 99 in Berlin-Tiergarten since 2015. At the same time, new topics such as community development and large-scale rainforest protection were opened up or OU poaching was taken into focus.

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