In the Quest to Save the Komodo Dragon

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Eastern island of Komodo, in Indonesia, may shut down for tourists next year. It is reported that the island will be closed to tourist activity for a year. The decision has been taken by the Indonesian government to save the dragons from extinction.

While speaking to Reuters, Josef Nae Soi, Deputy Governor of the province of East Nusa Tenggara said, “We have to save Komodo dragons from extinction, that’s the point,”

The grand lizard numbers were estimated at approximately 6,000. The Komodo dragon is the largest living lizard on Earth. Residents call it the ‘ora’ or ‘land crocodile’.

Komodo dragons (Varanus komodoensis) are categorized as ‘Vulnerable’ as per the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. According to reports, declining prey and habitat destruction have resulted in reduced numbers of Komodo dragons.

News of closing the Eastern island is expected to affect the livelihood of residents who depend on tourism. However, the resistance arising due to this has been taken into consideration and steps are being taken by President Joko Widodo with other officials for the welfare of the local community.

President Joko Widodo said, “We want Komodo island to be intended for conservation,”.  The quote was posted on the website of the Indonesian cabinet secretary.

The Eastern Island is part of Komodo National Park and is visited by tourists from across the globe every year. 

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