The Komodo National Park (Taman Nasional Komodo or TNK) is one of the 7 New Wonders of Nature’s nominees. And these are the 11 facts you probably didn’t know.
- TNK is populated by roughly 2,400 komodo dragons, the greatest lizard in the world.
- TNK comprises the islands of Rinca, Padar and Komodo.
- The Indonesian government officially announced TNK in 1980.
- TNK is 173,300 hectares.
- Topographically, the islands are hilly. And the valleys are home ranchs to komodo dragons.
- UNESCO has decided TNK as a World Heritage since 1986.
- Not only has the komodo, TNK is also splendid for maritime tourism. I’m talking about snorkeling and diving.
- There you can find also komodo dragon’s preys, e.g. wild buffalos, wild boars, deer, and maleo birds which are indigenous to Komodo Island.
- You may see the juvenile komodo living on the trees, like the small other lizards. Hatchlings, the little dragons emerge from the nest and immediately scramble up the nearest tree to avoid being eaten by the adults. Yes, komodo dragon is cannibal creature.
- TNK is two days trip from Bali by land (and sea) lane. And from Bali (Ngurah Rai Airport) to Komodo Airport is about 1.5 hours trip by air lane.
- The Sape Straits in west side of TNK is area where two main oceans in the world, Indian and Pacific Ocean, meet. It’s dangerous because the whirlpools and great waves sometimes happen.
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