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Private tourists of dragons in Komodo

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                                                          Private tourists of dragons in Komodo



The Indonesian island should no longer be open to the public for a year. The time to rebuild the hunting areas of giant lizards weakened by mass tourism and poaching.

the largest lizard in the world
Varanus komodoensis ", the largest lizard in the world, has more than 5700 individuals in the archipelago.


CLOSED FOR SPECIAL CASES IN DANGER. As of 1 January 2020, Komodo Island, Indonesia, should no longer be open to the public for one year. The authorities of the province of the small islands of the Eastern Sonde, as well as the Ministry of Environment and Forests, intend to better protect their famous dragons, of which there are only about 5,700 individuals in five of the 29 islands of the national park of Komodo (Gili Motang, Gili Dasami, Rinca, Flores and Komodo).

 To the point that the species is now classified as vulnerable. "This will allow the population of giant lizards to grow, allowing biodiversity to recover in their hunting areas undermined by mass tourism and poaching," said the governor of the province who recalls that the Komodo National Park , located in the east of the Indonesian archipelago and World Heritage by Unesco in 1991, welcomed 10,250 visitors per month in 2018, of which 95% are foreign tourists.

The announcement of the closure follows the arrest of poachers who were preparing to sell five baby lizards on ... Facebook. The criminals intended to ship the animals to three countries in Southeast Asia via Singapore. The traffic went through the port of the island of Flores, with failing supervision. According to the Jakarta Post, the investigation revealed that the smugglers had already illegally removed 41 lizards from the country. "The reptiles were worth up to 500 million Indonesian rupees [more than 31,000 euros] black market coin," reports commander Akhmad Yusep Gunawan, head of the special crimes unit, in the newspaper. 

But it is the poaching of deer that paradoxically threatens reptiles. These mammals are indeed the main prey of the carnivorous dragon of Komodo. And the biggest lizard in the world (up to 3m and 70kg) is a real glutton: it can eat about 80% of its weight in a single food intake!

The number of visitors limited on the other islands

If only Komodo Island is to close, the authorities plan to soon limit the number of visitors to the rest of the national park to 5000 per month, after a cigarette thrown to the ground caused the fire of 10 hectares. on the island of Gila Dawa Larat in the summer of 2018. It is also a question of increasing the price of the visit permit of the park, which could climb up to 443 euros, against 18 today (excluding boat). With this manna, the guard patrols could be reinforced. Sufficient measures to save the dragons?
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