Borneo Orang-Utan
Survival Foundation

ORANGUTANS are now only found on Borneo and Sumatra, two of the six main islands of Indonesia. Their survival is threatened. For they are becoming homeless as a result of the excessive deforestation of rainforests. The BORNEO ORANGUTAN SURVIVAL FOUNDATION (BOS) saves homeless and orphaned orangutans.

They are cared for in camps in order to be able to RELEASE THEM BACK INTO THE WILD. In order to do this, the RAINFOREST MUST BE PERMANENTLY PROTECTED. Therefore, the BOS is acquiring forest areas as habitats for wild animals and people and promotes the sustainable, nature-compatible use of the forest by the population.

  • Protection camps for almost 800 hunted and orphaned orangutans, preparing them for release into the wild
  • Approximately 2,000 orangutans have been saved since 1991.
  • Since 2001, around 20 km² km of land has been purchased and renaturised
  • In 2010, 864.5 km² of natural forest were purchased (Ecosystem Restoration Concession), specially for returning orangutans to the wild

Schwalbe has its plant in Indonesia and supports the PASSIONATE COMMITMENT of the BOS.

If you would also like to support the projects, you can find more information on the BOS websites.

The blog, directly from Indonesia:

The internet website of the German BOS:


The headquarters of Schwalbe is located in the "Upper Bergian" region, east of Cologne. This has been our home ever since Schwalbe was founded. We feel closely connected to this region. That is why we involve ourselves locally. An example of our engagement is handball and one of its traditional clubs, VFL Gummersbach.

It is the best-known handball team in Germany – with an illustrious name that is respected all over Europe. For many years, the professionals and all junior teams had to play in a sports hall that no longer met international requirements with regard to sports events.

We from Schwalbe campaigned intensively to have this changed. Since Summer 2013, the VFL Gummersbach has been playing in an ultramodern sports and events location. Here, top-class sports can be played at the highest international level. At the same time, the hall is an excellent venue for grassroots and school sports. The new building complex in the centre of the city of Gummersbach is a sports ambassador for our region – its name: the SCHWALBE ARENA.