11 Facts about Komodo National Park

Komodo National Park

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.

  1. TNK is populated by roughly 2,400 komodo dragons, the greatest lizard in the world.
  2. TNK comprises the islands of Rinca, Padar and Komodo.
  3. The Indonesian government officially announced TNK in 1980.
  4. TNK is 173,300 hectares.
  5. Topographically, the islands are hilly. And the valleys are home ranchs to komodo dragons.
  6. UNESCO has decided TNK as a World Heritage since 1986.
  7. Not only has the komodo, TNK is also splendid for maritime tourism. I’m talking about snorkeling and diving.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.

5 Replies to “11 Facts about Komodo National Park”

  1. Aleena

    Read on paper, woman that has menstruation is prohibited to go to TNK. Jeez, it’s like a mosque or some. By the way, there are missing links on World Heritage and Bali. Check it out.


  2. Brahmanto Anindito Post author

    Oh, that’s because komodo can sniff your blood from about 9 kilometers away. So, if you’re in menstruation, they’ll possibly chasing after you. But just to enter TNK, there’s no such prohibition.

    Yeah, the missing links have been fixed. Thanks ^_^

  3. Tyson F. Gautreaux

    I’ve been reading your blog for quite a while. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about Komodo. I wish i had time and patience to make a informative post like yours. Bookmarked your blog.


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