Komodo Island shutting its doors to tourism
The Indonesian government announced today, Friday, July 19, 2019, that it shall ban tourism by closing Komodo Island in 2020. Komodo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, houses over 5,000 Komodo lizards, called Komodo Dragons often.
Residents of the popular tourist island will be relocated. Some residents are from this fear and closure that when you are relocated, they could lose their livelihoods.
The island may be the main habitat of the endangered Komodo Dragon, the world’s largest lizard which grows long around 3 meters. Tourists it’s still able to take notice of the lizards on nearby islands which are section of Komodo National Park, rinca and Padar islands namely.
Park spokesman Marius Ardu Jelamu of the regional secretariat of East Nusa Tenggara province said they’ll redesign Komodo Island right into a world-class conservation zone. It really is anticipated that the island will undoubtedly be closed in January 2020 and remain closed for at least one year, 2 possibly.
The regional government is putting away funds to revive the native nature of the island also to build infrastructure that can help to safeguard its terrestrial and marine ecosystems. This consists of not merely the Komodos, but buffalo and deer aswell – the primary food sources for the dragons.
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Poaching has caused the buffalo and deer populations to dwindle, and mass tourism is polluting the surroundings of the island. Further, some tourists prefer to provoke the dragons and draw out their aggressiveness, in a few full cases being bitten in the encounter.
Komodo Dragons are listed by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature as vulnerable.
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