The Land of Dragons: Komodo National Park

Dragons are fictional. Dinosaurs are extinct. But the Komodo Dragons are real and still roam this planet! The ever-mesmerizing Komodo National Park is a place of pure serene and savagery.

A Large Komodo Dragon at the Komodo National Park in Indonesia.
A Large Komodo Dragon at the Komodo National Park in Indonesia.

Located right at the center of the Indonesia archipelago and within the Sunda Islands, the Komodo National Park seems like an ancient land in this modern world. It comprises of Komodo, Pacar, and Rinca Islands.

The island of Komodo is also special since it is within the Coral Triangle and boasts some of the richest marine biodiversity on Earth. There only lives around 5,700 Komodo Dragons: the largest and heaviest lizards on Earth. The Ministry of Environment and Forestry of Indonesia’s government is the governing body handling the park.

Its total 219,332 ha land area is a UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) World Heritage Site since 1991 and also classified as a “global conservation priority area.” This proves the fact that the Komodo National Park is well-preserved and valued since then.

It is also a volcanic island whose highest point is at 735 meters above sea level with an annual rainfall of 800mm to 1000mm. The park is of high interest to tourists and scientists due to the well-regulated tourism guidelines, a range of activities to do, and its mysterious ecosystem!

Diverse Ecosystem

For tourists, Komodo National Park is a mix of rugged savanna, patches of evergreen vegetation, and white and pink sand beaches with blue waters. Under these waters are a vast species of corals which some are still unknown to man.

The Komodo Dragons, Dugongs, Green Sea Turtles, and other creatures who roam these islands are also as magnificent as the islands themselves.

For scientists, what attracts them to the Komodo National Park is not what is known already, but what is yet to be discovered! The island consists of 12 identified terrestrial snakes slither and other inhabiting animals such as:

  • Asian bullfrog
  • Timor rusa deer
  • Rinca rat (endemic)
  • Komodo cross frog (endemic)
  • White-bellied sea eagle
  • Crab-eating macaque
  • And others!

This fascination for the wild and unknown are also shared by tourists who are curious on these islands. While tourism is allowed, conservation and preservation of the delicate ecosystem is still a top priority.

Meanwhile, life underwater is as interesting – or even more – than life on land. Massive coral reefs are on the northeast coast of Komodo. The waters have 1,000 recorded fish species and 260 recorded species of coral. It seems that the waters are untouched by the human civilization with its remnants of Earth’s past eras.

The locals living in Komodo National Park are also fascinating. They are original descendants of Komodo islanders whose history is yet to be unravelled!

Komodo National Park: The True Wonders

The beauty and true wonders of Komodo National Park is its duality. There is a lot to be told about it, while there is still a lot of undiscovered information. We now lay our trust to the future generations and to the more future generations to discover what it still has to offer!

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