What do you call the largest living lizard that can grow to about 10 feet and weigh as much as 150 pounds? A Komodo Dragon.
You heard that right!!!
These rare reptiles were first discovered in early 1900s on an island which now we call “Komodo Island”. For years, this dragon-like animal existing in the region circulated widely and attract considerable attention. Tourist from all around the world come to the island to visit them in their natural habitat.
The island is part of the Lesser Sunda chain of islands and forms part of the Komodo National Park. In addition, the island is a popular destination for diving. Administratively, it is part of the East Nusa Tenggara province. It lies between the substantially larger neighbouring islands Sumbawa to the west and Flores to the east.
Closure of Komodo Island?
There were plans on making the island off limits to tourists for a year starting on January 2020, it was intended to allow for environmental rehabilitation and allow the island to develop into an exclusive conservation area.
In March, the East Nusa Tenggara province bust of an alleged smuggling ring in which 41 Komodo lizards were taken from the island and sold abroad for 500 million rupiah each (about $35,000). Because of this incident, there were some issue concerning the protection of the lizards not only that but other wildlife animals on the island too.
Though, Indonesia has cancelled plans to close its popular Komodo Island for tourists but will instead impose a limit on the number of visitors to protect its native giant dragon. There will be ticket rearrangement that will be conducted through an annual membership system. There is still a chance to go and see the lizards but only if you are holding premium membership and you’ll get to witness the giant lizards living on the island.
Other than Komodo Island
But don’t worry, there are many other islands you can visit, fifty kilometres east of Komodo the western shore of Flores.
Photo courtesy: http://floresxp.com/diving/
From waterfalls straight out of paradise, to an island full of flying foxes, to stylish new eco resorts and a surprisingly sophisticated dining scene -- there's much more to see in western Flores than Komodo dragons. You can even do island hopping! There are more than 500 islands, many of them stunning, but for now it receives a fraction of the foreign visitors Indonesia hosts.
You’ll get to see extraordinary scenery, with towering volcanoes, beautiful beaches and dense jungle (that which hasn't been cut down, that is) accompanied by very limited infrastructure -- getting around, like elsewhere in the country, can be very time consuming.
Don’t be disappointed if you can’t get to see the Komodo dragons, there are many places you can visit in Indonesia.
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