Komodo National Park, Home of the World’s Largest Lizard (Komodo Dragon)


The Komodo National Park is a national park
in Indonesia located within the Lesser Sunda Islands. The park includes the three larger
islands Komodo, Padar and Rincah, and 26 smaller ones. The islands of the national park are
of volcanic origin. The terrain is generally rugged, characterized by rounded hills. The
climate is one of the driest of Indonesia The national park was founded in 1980 in order
to protect the Komodo dragon, the world’s largest lizard. Later it was dedicated to
protecting other species, including marine species. In 1991 the national park was declared
a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The number of terrestrial animal species found
in the Park is not high, but the area is important from a conservation perspective as some species
are endemic. The most famous of Komodo National Park’s animals is the Komodo Dragon. It is
the world’s largest living lizard and can reach 3 metres or more in length and weigh
over 70kg. Other animals include the Timor deer, the main prey of the Komodo dragon,
wild horses, water buffalo, wild boar, long-tailed macaques, palm civets, the endemic Rinca rat,
and fruit bats. As far as the marine fauna is concerned, Komodo
National Park includes one of the world’s richest marine environments. It consists of
over 260 species of reef building coral, 70 different species of sponges, crustaceans,
cartilaginous and over a 1,000 different species of bony fishes, as well as marine reptiles,
and marine mammals (dolphins, whales, and dugongs).

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  1. The Komodo National Park is a national park in Indonesia located within the Lesser Sunda Islands. The park includes the three larger islands Komodo, Padar and Rincah, and 26 smaller ones. The islands of the national park are of volcanic origin. The terrain is generally rugged, characterized by rounded hills. The climate is one of the driest of Indonesia

    The national park was founded in 1980 in order to protect the Komodo dragon, the world's largest lizard. Later it was dedicated to protecting other species, including marine species. In 1991 the national park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    The number of terrestrial animal species found in the Park is not high, but the area is important from a conservation perspective as some species are endemic. The most famous of Komodo National Park's animals is the Komodo Dragon. It is the world's largest living lizard and can reach 3 metres or more in length and weigh over 70kg. Other animals include the Timor deer, the main prey of the Komodo dragon, wild horses, water buffalo, wild boar, long-tailed macaques, palm civets, the endemic Rinca rat, and fruit bats.

    As far as the marine fauna is concerned, Komodo National Park includes one of the world's richest marine environments. It consists of over 260 species of reef building coral, 70 different species of sponges, crustaceans, cartilaginous and over a 1,000 different species of bony fishes, as well as marine reptiles, and marine mammals (dolphins, whales, and dugongs).

    Scuba diving is popular because of the park's high marine biodiversity. The development of, largely marine-based, ecotourism is the main strategy to make the park self-financing and generate sufficient revenue through entrance fees and tourism licenses to cover operational and managerial costs. #komodo #dragon #indonesia #travel

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