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Jery Borneo Putra

Jery Borneo Putra

Palm-oil business owner Jery Borneo Putra, head of Sawit Sumbermas Sarana, swooped in to help displaced “men of the forest” find a home again in Salat Island, Kalimantan

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Businessman Jery Borneo Putra is mindful that his palm-oil company, Sawit Sumbermas Sarana, has impacted the lives of orangutans. He believes that a business can only be sustainable if it considers the environment and the communities that surround it.

So when the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation eyed Salat Island, a lush Kalimantan forest haven for orangutans fertile with fruit trees, Borneo Putra swooped in to help make the organisation’s dream a reality. He purchased Salat Island for orangutan rehabilitation. He also offered to pay for operations and monitoring to ensure the upkeep and development of the area.

For his efforts, Borneo Putra was awarded the title of Balinese nobility by the Kingdom of Buleleng, Singaraja. The award was given to him for raising environmental awareness. Today, the endangered orangutans have re-located from shelters into life in the 5,200-acre land, swinging happily from branch to branch.

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Borneo Putra and his wife, Ivy League-graduate and top clinician Dr Natasha Cinta Vinski, both stand against the burning of forests, and are working on a fire-extinguishing ball that will burst when thrust into an open flame to put out a fire.

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