Dear Friends of the Orangutan,
It�s finally here! The long-anticipated series of Orangutan Diary WILL
air next week, 2nd through 6th April on BBC1 at 7pm nightly. (Also airing
Worldwide on Animal Planet---check your local listings).
BOS UK was able to get a sneak preview, and without giving away too much, we
can tell you that you are going to love it! Grendon, Lomon and Kesi all
feature prominently along with a few new characters you will meet along the
way. The series is presented by BOS patrons Steve Leonard and Michaela
Strachan, who will introduce you to the Nyaru Menteng Project and the work
of the BOS team in Borneo. Please tune in, and tell all your friends.
Suitable for all ages. If you like what you see, please let BBC know�we are
hopeful that with the positive viewer response we anticipate that we will be
commissioned to begin shooting a second series, allowing us to bring the
issues facing orangutans and the rainforest to an ever-growing audience.
You can send your comments to the BBC at this location
or email to Points of View at [email protected].
We would also welcome your feedback [email protected].
Each day before the programme, a new video clip featuring new angles on the
orangutans will become available. You can simply download and watch, or
subscribe to receive automatic podcast updates. For full instructions:
Michaela Strachan, BOS patron and presenter of Orangutan Diary, has
arrived in the UK (she now resides in South Africa) in order to help promote
the Orangutan Diary series and the work of the BOS Nyaru Menteng Project.
Already she has done interviews with a number of national newspapers and
magazines, as well as radio stations, and you can look out for her on BBC
Breakfast on Monday 2nd April.
Michaela says, "I am delighted to be a part of BOS. It is such a fantastic
charity and I have so much admiration for Lone and her team who work so hard
and tirelessly for all the orphans. The plight of the orangutan is at a
critical stage. We can not be complacent. The species� only hope is
dedicated people like Lone and BOS. Not only does the charity rescue so many
desperate individuals but it also does vital work to protect what forest is
left and to stop the continuing destruction of the orangutan�s home. How can
any of us watch an animal like an orangutan disappear? We simply can't let
"To be a part of the work BOS does was a privilege. Going to Borneo and
getting involved with all the orphans was an amazing experience. Getting to
know characters like Lomon, Kesi and Grendon was uplifting and meeting Lone
was inspiring. Saving the orangutan is an uphill struggle but BOS takes a
few steps up that hill every single day. With support, the orangutan CAN be
saved. Without, we can say goodbye to another incredible species. Watching
orangutans become extinct surely is not an option."
BOS is grateful for the generous praise and support we receive from
Michaela. Read more about Orangutan Diary and Michaela at
Steve Leonard, BOS patron and presenter of Orangutan Diary, has finished
up his UK lecture series to enthralled audiences across the nation. BOS UK
had an opportunity to meet up with Steve and see his presentation in Brecon
and were delighted with the sincerity with which Steve described his
experience at the BOS Nyaru Menteng Project.
His self-deprecating humour and friendly manner make the audience feel like
they are with an old friend, but his message for conservation is undeniably
strong. We hope we can persuade Steve to do more presentations in the
future. Steve says: "BOS is doing such important work, I was amazed at the
dedication and hard work of all the staff. Time is running out for
orangutans--the time for action is now."
You can read more from Steve at these links:
ADOPT A CELEBRITY
It�s true�you can adopt your own celebrity (orangutan, that is!) The
stars of Orangutan Diary, Grendon, Lomon and Kesi are all available for
Tune into Orangutan Diary on BBC1, 7pm, 2nd-6th April and meet them. We are
sure you will find them irresistible! Find out more about adoptions by
Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation UK
"Primates Helping Primates"