New Komodo Dragon Community Found in Indonesia

New Komodo Dragon Community Found in Indonesia

Several Komodo dragons (Varanus Komodoensis) have been discovered living in Mbeliling Forest on Flores Island, Indonesia. Previously, it was believed that this ancient, endangered species could only be found in Komodo National Park in East Nusa Tenggara. Indonesia Komodo Dragon

A team of conservationists confirmed the presence of the Komodo dragon, the world’s largest lizard, in the extreme west of Flores, after camera traps recorded a community of 12 surviving near the coastal villages of Golo Mori and Tanjung Kerita Mese. This amazing discovery proves that Komodos can survive outside of Komodo National Park, and further cements Indonesia’s reputation for having one of the world’s most bio-diverse natural landscapes teeming with amazing wildlife.

Named after the island on which it was discovered, the Komodo dragon has inhabited the natural landscapes of Indonesia for millions of years although, amazingly, its existence was unknown to humans until around 100 years ago. These prehistoric lizards can grow up to three metres long and are typically found wandering freely around Komodo National Park, which covers the islands of Komodo, Rinca and Padar. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986, this is the only place on earth where visitors have the unique opportunity to see them up close in their native habitat.

“The discovery of a new community of Komodo dragons is a truly remarkable find,” said Richard Hume, Country Manager for the UK & Ireland market. “Not only does it provide renewed hope for the ongoing survival of this fascinating species, it also reinforces Indonesia’s position as one of the greatest wildlife destinations on earth.”

Indonesia’s rich wildlife is as diverse as everything else about this captivating archipelago, which is comprised of more than 17,000 tropical islands. Komodos are just one of the stars of a world of wildlife that includes great apes, rhinos, tigers and some of the rarest species of birds on the planet.

Whether visitors are meandering along a jungle river on Kalimantan to encounter the world’s largest population of orangutans, or trekking on foot in search of the one-horned Javan rhinoceros – one of the planet’s most critically-endangered mammals whose last refuge in Indonesia is the Ujung Kulon National Park – the opportunities for visitors to experience a unique wildlife encounter in this tropical archipelago of more than 17,000 islands are endless.

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NEIL STEEDMAN has been a trade journalist, copywriter, editor and proofreader for 50 years, and News & Features Editor for ‘Irish Travel Trade News’ for the past 40 years.

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