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Komodo National Park Indonesia

Komodo dragon largest lizard in the World

The Komodo dragon is the largest lizard species in the world found in the Indonesian islands of Komodo, Rinca, Flores, and Gili Motang. The Komodo dragon grows to an everage length of 2 to 3 meters and weighing around 70 kilograms. If you want to experience a close encounter with one of these prehistoric animals you must visit the Komodo National Park located in the center of the Indonesian archipelago, between the islands of Sumbawa and Flores.

The park was established in 1980 initially with the pain purpose to conserve the unique Komodo dragon and its habitat. Over the years the goals for the Park have expanded to protecting its entire biodiversity, both terrestrial and marine. In 1986, the Park was declared a World Heritage Site and a Man and Biosphere Reserve.

Komodo National Park includes three major islands: Komodo, Rinca, and Padar. As well as being home to the Komodo dragon, the Park provides refuge for many other notable terrestrial species such as the orange-footed scrub fowl, an endemic rat, and the Timor deer. The Park also includes one of the richest marine environments including coral reefs, mangroves, seagrass beds, seamounts, and semi-enclosed bays.

These habitats harbor more than 1,000 species of fish, over 260 species of reef-building coral, and about 70 species of sponges. There is also dugong, sharks, manta-rays, at least 14 species of whales, dolphins, and sea turtles that call Komodo National Park Home.

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