Komodo Island

Komodo Island is located in the Nusa Tenggara Islands. Komodo Island is known as a habitat for native Komodo animals. The island is also the Komodo National Park. Komodo Island is located to the west of the island of Sumbawa, East Nusa Tenggara Province, Indonesia. Komodo Island is the westernmost tip of Nusa Tenggara Timur province, bordering the province of West Nusa Tenggara.

Komodo Island, where Komodo dragons animals live and breed well. Until August 2009, on this island there are about 1,300 Komodo dragons. With another islands, like the island of Rinca and Gili Island Motang, the number totaled about 2500 species.

In addition to the Komodo dragon, the island also have the variety of exotic flora, Sepang trees wood by local people used as dye clothing and medicine , tree nitak (sterculia oblongata) is tasty and delicious and also belivedĀ  to be useful as medicines.

Komodo Island is very impressive, explore exotic islands, dive into the blue sea, and bathed in sunshine while watching the traces of past life are preserved and will become part of the diverse beauty of Indonesia.

Komodo National Park

Includes the island of Komodo, Rinca and Padar, plus other islands covering an area of 1,817 square is the original habitat of the Komodo dragon. Komodo National Park was established in 1980 to protect the Komodo dragon conservation. Not only rare animals, Komodo National Park also to protect various plants and animals, including sea animals.

In 1986, UNESCO set Komodo Island and other islands in the Komodo National Park as a world heritage site because of the existence of Komodo dragons that can only be found in this region. The habitat of the endangered animals are outdoors with grassland, white sandy beaches and tropical rainforests.

The History

In 1910, Lieutenant Steyn van Hens Broek went to Komodo Island to prove his force report says that there is such an animal dragon on this island. Broek with his troops that have been trained and then decided to come to the island to hunt the animal. He and his troops managed to kill the dragons were then photographed and sent to the Botanical Garden in Bogor.

Komodo dubbed Komodo dragon or Varanus komodoensis or local name “Ora”, giant lizards, according to a story first published in 1912 in the national daily the Dutch East Indies. Peter A. Ouwens, director of the Zoological Museum in Bogor is one who has introduced to the world through his magazine about the Komodo dragon.

Since then, research and expeditions into this rare species continue to be done, even reportedly inspired the film KingKong in 1933. Recognizing the need for protection against the Komodo in the middle of human activity on the natural habitat, in 1915 the Dutch government issued a ban on hunting and killing dragons.