TRAVELNESIA – Komodo Island is located in the Nusa Tenggara Islands. Komodo Island is known as the original habitat of komodo animals. This island is also the area of Komodo National Park. Komodo Island is located west of Sumbawa Island, which is separated by the Sape Strait, including Komodo District, West Manggarai Regency, East Nusa Tenggara Province, Indonesia. Komodo Island is the westernmost tip of East Nusa Tenggara Province, bordering the province of West Nusa Tenggara.
Komodo Island, where komodo animals live and breed well. Until August 2009, on this island there are about 1300 tail dragons. Coupled with other islands, such as Rinca Island and and Gili Motang Island, the total number reaches around 2500 birds. estimated about 100 Komodo dragons in the Wae Wuul Nature Reserve on the mainland of Flores Island but not including the Komodo National Park area.
In addition to dragons, this island also keeps the exotic flora is diverse, wooden tree that is by the local people used as medicine and clothing coloring, nitak tree (sterculia oblongata) is believed to be useful as medicine and seeds tasty and tasty like peas Komodo Island is very impressive, exploring the exotic island, dive into the blue of the sea, and bathed in sunlight while looking at the traces of a preserved past life and will be part of the beauty of Indonesia.
Komodo National Park.
Includes Komodo Island, Rinca and Padar, plus other islands covering an area of 1817 square is the original habitat of dragons. Komodo National Park was established in 1980 to protect the preservation of dragons. Not only these endangered animals, Komodo National Park is also to protect various kinds of plants and animals, including marine animals. UNESCO recognized as a World Heritage Site in 1986. Together with two other large islands, namely Rinca Island and Padar, Komodo Island and several small islands in the surrounding area are kept as the original habitat of reptiles dubbed “Komodo”.
Komodo dragons called Komodo dragons or Varanus Komodoensis or local names “Ora”, this giant lizard according to the story was first published in 1912 in the national daily Indies. Peter A. Ouwens, director of the Zoological Museum in Bogor is one who has introduced the Komodo to the world through his paper. Since then, expeditions and research on this rare species continue to be done, even rumored to have inspired KingKong Film in 1933. Recognizing the need for protection against Komodo in the midst of human activity in its natural habitat, in 1915 the Dutch Government issued a ban on hunting and killing dragons. Komodo Island entered the 28 finalists selected by a panel of experts from 77 nominations. Previously there were 261 locations in the world that were nominated to be one of the seven wonders of the world.
Komodo Island, which became the mainstay of Indonesia in the event New7Wonders of Nature have advantages compared to other locations, especially if not komodo, rare animals believed to be ‘the last dinosaur on earth’. This campaign is expected to increase knowledge about nature, not only in our environment but also around the world. as well as dedicated to future generations. Komodo is known by the scientific name Varanus komodoensis is the largest species of lizards in the world that live on the island of Komodo, Rinca, Flores, Gili Motang, and Gili Dasami in Nusa Tenggara.
By the locals, dragons are often called Ora. Including members of the Varanidae lizard family, and klad Toxicofera, komodo is the largest lizard in the world, with an average length of 2-3 m. This large size is associated with island gigantism, which is the tendency of meraksasanya body of certain animals that live in small islands associated with the absence of carnivorous mammals on the island where the life of the dragons, and the rate of small Komodo metabolism. Because of its large body, this lizard occupies the position of the top predator that dominates the ecosystem where he lives. Komodo dragons were discovered in 1910. His great body and terrible reputation make them popular in zoos.
The habitat of dragons in the wild has shrunk and hence IUCN incorporates Komodo as a species susceptible to extinction. The large lizard is now protected under Indonesian government regulations and a national park was established to protect them. Actually the attraction of Komodo National Park is not solely by the presence of Komodo alone.
As I quoted from the official website of the Ministry of Forestry who manages the Komodo National Park site, the panorama of savanna and underwater scenery is a potential advocate attraction. Marine tourism for example, fishing, snorkeling, diving, canoeing, boating. While on the mainland, the potential of nature tourism that can be done is the observation of animals, hiking, and camping. Visiting Komodo National Park and enjoying a very charming landscape is an experience that will never be forgotten.