In 1980 the Komodo National Park has been founded for the protection of the famous and endangered Komodo Dragons. Today, the park is the last sanctuary for the Komodo dragon. The giant lizards live nowhere in the world apart from the Komodo National Park and are, of course, the main attraction point for many tourists; yet also scientists are very much interested in studying the theory of evolution.
The Komodo dragon is the largest living species of lizard that can grow up to 3 meters and reach an average weight of 70-80 kg. Despite its weight and length the Komodo dragon can speed up to 18 kilometres per hour while hunting its food. The lizard’s diet include deer, buffalo, wild pigs and mainly carrion. It hunts and ambushes prey using its strong tail to bring its prey to the ground. Then it sets a venomous bite by secreting some toxic proteins. Komodo dragons have an excellent sense of smell and can locate their prey from a distance of several kilometres.
Between May and August the Komodo dragon matures, and the eggs are laid in September. After seven to eight months – around April though – hatching begins. Young Komodo dragons hide from their predators and some cannibalistic adults on the trees. After eight to nine years they are mature and can live up to 30 years.
The species is endangered; it has been claimed that there are less than 2,500 lizards left. Therefore, the Komodo dragon is protected under Indonesian law and is listed as vulnerable on the International Union of Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) red list of endangered species.
The Komodo dragon can be visited both on the Komodo Island as well as on Rinca. While visiting the dragons respect their living environment. No disturbance, no damaging, no rubbish on the island. Always follow ranger’s instructions and listen to his briefings. Guests are asked to pay an entrance and an observation fee before starting the tour.
We offer to our guests a combination tour of 2 dives (or snorkeling) and a visit on the Rinca Island.
A day full of impressive images and unforgettable memories.