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Voting for Indonesia Komodo Can Continue

Komodo National Park is located in the center of the Indonesian archipelago.
Rabu, 2 Maret 2011, 17:24 WIB
Elin Yunita Kristanti

Komodo dragon (AP Photo)

Komodo dragon (AP Photo)

VIVAnews – The New7Wonders Foundation maintains Komodo National Park, Indonesia, in its voting list of new seven wonders of nature. However, the foundation removes the Indonesian Ministry of Culture and Tourism from its official role in the campaign. “With the removal of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism from its official role in the campaign, voting for Komodo can continue,” President and Founder of New7Wonders, said in a statement.

“Every action by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism last week strengthened the case for us to withdraw from Indonesia completely. If we depended on the Ministry, then today we would be forced to announce a complete pull-out,” Weber further explained.

Komodo National Park is located in the center of the Indonesian archipelago, between the islands of Sumbawa and Flores. Established in 1980, initially the main purpose of the Park was to conserve the unique Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis) and its habitat. However, 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 by UNESCO, both indications of the Park’s biological importance.

Komodo National Park includes three major islands: Komodo, Rinca and Padar, as well as numerous smaller islands creating a total surface area (marine and land) of 1817km (proposed extensions would bring the total surface area up to 2,321km2). 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.

Moreover, the Park 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, some 260 species of reef-building coral, and 70 species of sponges. Dugong, sharks, manta rays, at least 14 species of whales, dolphins, and sea turtles also make Komodo National Park their home.

According to Wikipedia, Komodo dragons were first recorded by Western scientists in 1910. In the wild, an adult Komodo dragon usually weighs around 70 kilograms (150 lb), although captive specimens often weigh more. The largest verified wild specimen was 3.13 metres (10.3 ft) long and weighed 166 kilograms (370 lb), including undigested food.

The Komodo dragon has a tail as long as its body, as well as about 60 frequently replaced serrated teeth that can measure up to 2.5 cm (1 inch) in length. Its saliva is frequently blood-tinged, because its teeth are almost completely covered by gingival tissue that is naturally lacerated during feeding. This creates an ideal culture for the virulent bacteria that live in its mouth.

However, amidst extensive campaign over the uniqueness of Komodo Island, many involved in the tourism industry here worry that the government, in its efforts to increase tourist dollars, are not balancing its promotions with much-needed infrastructure development.

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