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Komodo, Tourist Attraction and Protected Endangered Animals on Flores


The existence of endangered species in the world that is owned by Indonesia has brought many visits of tourists and researchers from various countries.

INDEPHEDIA.com - Naturally, live dragons spread in the Komodo National Park and mainland Flores, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) Province. The existence of endangered species in the world that is owned by Indonesia has brought many visits of tourists and researchers from various countries.

Based on the results of monitoring in the national park area, Komodo habitat is estimated to have 2,897 individuals, spread over five major islands, namely Komodo Island (1,727 individuals), Rinca Island (1,049), Pulau Solid (6), Pulau Gilimontang (58), and Island Nusa Kode (57).

Based on observations using camera traps that were carried out by the NTT Natural Resources Conservation Center on the mainland of Flores, there were 4-14 individual dragons in the Wae Wuul Nature Reserve; 2-6 individuals in the Riung Nature Park 17 Islands on Ontoloe Island, six individuals in the Pota Protection Forest; and 11 individuals on Longos Island.

Komodo is the largest species of the Varanidae family, as well as the largest lizard in the world. Komodo dragons are the top predators in their habitat because so far there is no known large carnivore animal other than this monitor lizard in its geographical distribution.

His reputation and great body make them one of the most famous animals in the world. Now, Komodo dragon habitat has shrunk due to human activity, so the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has included dragons as a species that is vulnerable to extinction.

Moving agriculture is one of the threats of extinction of the Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis) as a protected endangered species on the island of Flores, East Nusa Tenggara Province, said researcher of the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) Biology Research Center, Evy Arida.

The farming technique shifted slash and burn which many people in Flores aimed at growing new shoots. At that time, what happened was that deer were more visible so they were easily hunted by the people. That is the source of conflict between humans and dragons. Food struggles occur in all parts of the island which are the habitat of their lives, namely the savanna and coast. (SBB.IN/ENG/*)

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