Instead of closing, Komodo dragon island will still welcome visitors

Instead of closing, Komodo dragon island will still welcome visitors
On September 30, Indonesia decided to cancel plans to close the Komodo dragon island, a popular tourist destination in the eastern part of the country.

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Indonesia decided not to close the Komodo dragon island, after seeing the rare species of dragons on the island were relatively stable. Earlier, the consideration to suspending tourism activities on the island in 2020 was announced in July 2019, to revive the island's ecosystem.

According to the closure plan, the island may ban all tourism for a year, as local officials fear it could affect the dragon's breeding and mating process. However, this plan has become controversial among environmental activists and the tourism industry, as well as in the community based on tourism for a living.
Instead of closing, Komodo dragon island will still welcome visitors
Komodo dragon. (Photo: Capital Security Newspaper).
The plan to close the island was canceled, because according to Government data, there are currently 1,727 Komoda dragons living on the island. The number of individuals was stable and there were no threats during the observation period from 2002 - 2019.

Komodo Island has become a special preserved tourist destination in Indonesia. In 2018, more than 176,000 visitors visited the island just to see rare reptiles. According to Indonesian Government data, there are currently a total of 2,897 Komodo dragons in the park, including three islands, Komodo, Rinca and Gili Motang.

Komodo dragon, the largest living lizard in the world, has its name after the Komodo island. Komodo dragon lives on Komodo island as well as on some other nearby small islands like Padar and Rinca, eastern Indonesia.

This giant lizard can be up to 3 m in length and weigh over 150 kg with a strong tail, large claws and serrated teeth. As a predator, the main food of the Komodo dragon is a large herbivore like deer and pigs.

It is estimated that there are about 5,700 Komodo dragons in the wild. They are listed as endangered and need urgent protection.

The research on Komodo dragons still attracts the attention of many scientists around the world. Although discovered in the early twentieth century, it was not until 2009 that scientists discovered that the Komodo dragon attacked the enemy with a weak but venomous bite that caused the opponent to poison and bleed until die.

In 2013, the two were taken to a hospital after being attacked by a Komodo dragon into the office of a wildlife park in eastern Indonesia.

Instead of closing, Komodo dragon island will still welcome visitors Instead of closing, Komodo dragon island will still welcome visitors Reviewed by Duy Khiêm on October 03, 2019 Rating: 5

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