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Sri Lanka is a fast-growing holiday hotspot, thanks to its stunning beaches, surf spots, and national parks. But for the country’s captive elephants, this rapid increase in tourism means only more suffering.
Elephants used for tourist rides are typically kept tightly chained and isolated from other elephants. Forced up and down the same busy roads day after day, they’re often worked to exhaustion in the sweltering heat.
They live in constant fear of the mahout (handler), who controls them using a bullhook – a spe
ar-like instrument with a sharp hook that’s commonly used to strike and injure them.
Until tourists stop paying to ride them, elephants will continue to face exploitation and abuse.
Please share our new video about the cruelty of riding elephants in Sri Lanka with your friends and family – the more people who know about the heartbreaking abuse behind elephant rides, the sooner they’ll end.
Borneo Orangutan conservation.
Meet some of Forest School’s coolest students: playful Cinta, sweet Meryl, brave little Topan, and many other colourful characters, in the new docuseries «Orangutan Jungle School»!
This special, ten-part documentary takes you behind the scenes to follow the lives of orangutan orphans at Nyaru Menteng. At the most unique school on the planet, see what our clever, vulnerable students get up to, and learn how vital conservation is to their very survival.
Orangutan Jungle School continues on Sunday, August 12, at 8 p.m. in Indonesia, Singapore and other Southeast Asian countries.
Find out where to watch the series. If you can’t find your country’s details, don’t worry – we’ll be updating the page regularly as dates are released.
Meet one of our babies, and help us provide them with care and a chance at rehabilitation.
Thanks for all that you do, Mark.
Dr. Jamartin Sihite
CEO of BOS Foundation
Support orangutan conservation by adopting an orangutan!
You will receive a personalized e-certificate, photo, and story of the adopted individuals!
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Fires have again ravaged Central Kalimantan’s peat forests, the largest such burning since the devastating forest-fire disaster of 2015. Staff from Central Kalimantan’s Mawas Conservation Program were once again on the front line, facing intense heat in an attempt to gain control over the raging fires.
The first flames were spotted in a palm-oil plantation owned by PT. Kalimantan Lestari Mandiri (KLM) in Mantangai Sub-District, Kapuas Regency, Central Kalimantan, on Wednesday, July 11. The plantation is adjacent to the Mawas Conservation Program working area. Staff members quickly dispatched a fire patrol team to the scene, however, fire continued to creep toward one of our camps used in the program (Camp Release), and on Saturday, July 14, it got dangerously close.
In addition to the efforts made by our Mawas staff and technicians to extinguish the flames, we also received water-bombing support by helicopter from the Central Kalimantan Disaster Management Agency (BPBD).
After three challenging days, our team was finally able to neutralize the raging fire, which stopped just 300 meters away from Camp Release. Our post-fire assessment team determined that as much as 12,926 hectares of peat forest was burned over just a few days. This area is equivalent to about 13,000 soccer fields!
The Mawas team currently has 15 staff members on regular, daily rotation patrols to keep a lookout for spot fires. In the PT. KLM working area, thick smoke is still visible as of today (July 17).
The patrol team has reported seeing logs traveling downstream; an indication that illegal logging is taking place, and that the forest burning was a deliberate act. According to our Mawas Program Manager, Jhanson Regalino, canals in the area are presently shallow, forcing illegal loggers to find other ways to transport cut logs downstream. The loggers are known to secretly burn down rasau, a panadanus-like water plant found along the river banks, to widen the waterways.