Situated in the middle of 1,800 hectares of lush forest vegetation, Samboja Lodge is the perfect place for you to learn first-hand what it takes to rebuild a forest and protect its wildlife.

During your stay you will find yourself in the middle of our East Kalimantan Orangutan Reintroduction Program at Samboja Lestari which cares for and rehabilitates displaced or orphaned orangutans who were rescued from areas of habitat loss and human-wildlife conflict. The centre is also home to one of the world’s largest sun bear sanctuaries.

Both programs, as well as the Lodge, are run by the Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Foundation. The Foundation's story started in 1991, with the establishment of a modest rehabilitation centre in East Kalimantan, in response to the many orangutan lives displaced due to the illegal pet trade. However, in the decades since, our role has grown immensely.

Before the construction of the lodge was completed, the plot of land at Samboja Lestari was nothing more than grasses and weeds. This is when the first tree was planted. Today, a thriving secondary forest provides habitat for birds and countless other wildlife species.

The BOS Foundation continues to work together with local communities, the Indonesian government, and the greater global community to fight extinction, and to conserve orangutans and their habitats in several sites across Borneo.


Rescue Centre

currently over 100 orangutans under our care

Forest School and Rehabilitation Activities

rescued orangutans are given the opportunity to learn natural skills in forest school and socialise with other orangutans in the socialisation complexes

Healthcare and Quarantine facilities

a dedicated team of veterinarians treats all rescued animals, in addition to all the resident animals in the centre

Orangutan Sanctuary

life-long care is provided for orangutans unable to return to their natural habitat due to either physical or behavioural disabilities

Forest Restoration

a multifaceted approach of natural resource management, sustainable community development, and replanting projects contributes to the continual process that establishes and maintains new secondary forest

Sun Bear Sanctuary

home to around 70 sun bears, these rescued individuals have access to forested enclosures that serve as permanent sanctuary while they live out their days with support from a team of caregivers


Explore the Samboja Lestari Rehabilitation Centre with this interactive map. Click on the map for more details about the lodge and the facilities: 


Interested in learning even more about conservation and experience first-hand the thrill of working at our Rehabilitation Centre? Explore our volunteer options here!

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