Browse Month: July 2010

10 Facts About Komodo National Park

The Komodo National Park is one of Raja Laut’s signature destinations.   It lies in the Wallacea Region of Indonesia, identified by WWF and Conservation International as a global conservation priority area, and is one of the 7 New Wonders of Nature.

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Here are 10 facts you probably didn’t know about Komodo:

  1. The Indonesian government officially announced the formation of Komodo National Park in 1980.
  2. UNESCO has recognized Komodo National Park as a World Heritage Site since 1986.
  3. Komodo National Park covers an area of 173,300 hectares.
  4. Topographically, the islands are hilly. And the valleys are the home to giant lizards known as “Komodo Dragons”.
  5. Komodo National Park is populated by roughly 2,400 Komodo Dragons.
  6. You may see the juvenile komodo lizards living in trees. Komodo hatchlings emerge from their nests and immediately scramble up the nearest tree to avoid being eaten by the adults. Yes, Komodo Dragon are cannibals.
  7. In the valleys of the park you can find wild buffalos, wild boars, deer, and maleo birds which are indigenous to Komodo Island.  These are all prey for the meat-eating Komodo lizards.
  8. The islands of the Komodo National Park are fringed with coral reefs teeming with life, making it an incredible diving destination.
  9. Komodo National Park is two days by sailing boat from Bali.  By air Bali to Labuanbajo (the nearest airport to Komodo) is about 1 hour.
  10. The Sape Straits, on west side of Komodo,  is an area where two main oceans in the world, Indian and Pacific Ocean, meet.