Our Mission

To save and protect the critically endangered orangutan and its habitats





Our Vision


BOS Germany is a non-profit nature and species protection organization that is dedicated to protecting the last orangutans and their habitat. This is mainly done through fundraising, public relations, project work, international cooperation and now selling coffee. 

Our name is our mission: Borneo Orangutan Survival. The survival of the orangutans. At two major stations in Central and East Kalimantan (Indonesia) in Borneo, our Indonesian partners from the BOS Foundation prepare orphaned young orangutans for a life in freedom.

In specially secured forest areas, they poach the previously carefully rehabilitated great apes. Then it is closely observed how the “new savages” are doing in the wild in order to be able to help them again if necessary. We here in Germany support these projects financially as well as through public relations and educational work and are therefore part of this great task. More about BOS at www.orangutan.de

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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 “Löwe” 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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