Komodo is one of the Republic of Indonesia’s 17,508 islands. Part of the Lesser Sunda chain, it forms part of the Komodo National Park which lies between the islands of Sumbawa and Flores. Administratively, it is part of the East Nusa Tenggara province. It has around 2000 inhabitants, descendants of former convicts who were exiled to the island and who have mixed with the Buigis from Sulawesi.
The island is famous not just for its heritage of convicts, but for the komodo dragon. Dragons have roamed the island for more than four million years, but were ‘discovered’ just 100 years ago. They are known through myth and legend and inspired the 1933 Hollywood classic film King Kong. The feared and ferocious komodo dragon is the world’s largest lizard. They measure up to 2.5 metres and weigh around 70kg. On the attack they can reach 20km/h and have no fear of humans. Over the last 60 years they have taken 14 human lives. Visitors must be accompanied by a guide at all times.
The monitor lizard inhabits Komodo and some of the smaller surrounding islands. There are around 4000 of the endangered dragons and the only way to reach them is by setting sail from the island of Flores. They, along with over 50 fantastic dive sites, attract many tourists.
Komodo National Park was established in 1980, its main purpose is to conserve the komodo dragon and its habitat.
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