BOS Baby House
The new Baby House at Nyaru Menteng is finally open! In August 2017, 16 baby orangutans moved into their new home. Huge thanks to all who supported this beautiful new Baby House!
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The Back Story
BOS Nyaru Menteng is the largest orangutan rescue and rehabilitation center in the world. It was featured on Animal Planet's Orangutan Island and the Orangutan Diaries (shown on the BBC and PBS). The center is currently caring for approximately 450 orphaned and displaced orangutans.
In the Fall of 2015 catastrophic forest fires and haze left many young orangutans in Borneo orphaned. The area around Nyaru Menteng was hit especially hard by the fires. BOS rescued many infants... bringing the baby group to 23 orangutans. More babies kept arriving and the decision was made to build a bigger Baby House to accommodate all of the babies and provide them with the 24-hour care they need in a hygienic, suitable environment.
The new BOS Baby House is a brand new facility, large enough to house all the current babies and many new arrivals. We have designed outdoor forest schools and indoor play areas so that even when it is raining, our babies can continue to learn and play. We have designed two separate buildings; one for healthy babies which have completed health screening and one for incoming babies who need to be quarantined before they can join the rest of the babies. Each building is self contained with new kitchen and bathroom facilities, bedrooms for when we need one on one care with new or sick babies, and attaching outdoor sleeping enclosures for older orangutans. We are not just building a house, we are building a home in an environment where our babies have the best opportunities to learn and receive the dedicated love and care they need to be healthy, happy and confident young orangutans.
Meet (some of) the residents!
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Meet the Head Babysitter: Mia Puspita