Komodo island is one of the Islands that are found among the many islands of Nusa Tenggara Timur - Indonesia. This island in the Komodo National Park area along the island of Rinca, Padar Island, Pulau Motang and many other small islands. Administratively, the island is located in district of Komodo, Manggarai Regency to the West, and is bordered by the provinces of West Nusa Tenggara.
The island is the habitat of the native animals of komodo, a type of giant lizard meat eaters. On Komodo island there are more than 2,000 male komodo dragon living in the wild. You can see the komodo dragons are vying for prey in many locations in this place. Very important to get around a guided to safety reasons for being here.
Komodo reptile beast is itself a kind of giant lizards carnivores which length could reach 2-3 feet with a weight of 100 – 165 kg. It has the scientific name Varanus Komodoensis, while locals call it by the name ' Ora '. If seen, komodo is indeed creepy, with a large, sharp nails, scaly skin and has a forked tongue that is always running. The main prey of the komodo dragon is a pig, horse, deer, Badger, ox and monkey.
Overview of the history of the island of KomodoIn 1910, Lieutenant Van Steyn Hens Broek went to Komodo Island to prove his report which says that there is such a beast the dragon on the island. Broek, along with his troops already trained then decided to come to the island to hunt the animal. He and his men managed to kill one of the komodo dragon is then photographed and sent to the Botanical Garden in Bogor.
1912 was the first year of the existence of the komodo dragon is known to the public through the journal written by Peter a. Ouwens and published in daily newspapers belonging to the Netherlands East Indies. Ouwens is Director of the Museum of Zoology in Bogor. Later in 1915, the Netherlands Government began to ban the hunting of these animals for fear of the komodo dragon would be extinct.
What can you do on the island of Komodo?
In addition to seeing life in its natural habitat of the komodo dragon, there are many other things you can do on the island Komodo :
TrekkingKomodo island does not only contain animal Burrows, in addition to the komodo dragon, there are many other animals that inhabit the island, such as horses, deer, birds, snakes, monitor lizards and many more. One way to enjoy it is to do trekking. You can view the animals while trekking on the island of Komodo.
While trekking, you will be invited to climb Mount Ara has a height of 538 metres above sea level. You will also pass through Water Hole which is where drink and rest of the komodo dragon. You can see the komodo dragon komodo-both were drinking or sheltering under trees in the vicinity.
During the trekking, you and your group will be accompanied by a ranger or guides as well as the komodo dragon charmer. Ranger will equip you with the stick end forked. It is said that the stick is made from a type of tree that can be a weapon to weaken the komodo. If the komodo attacked or pursued all of a sudden, a forked stick used to squeeze the neck of the komodo dragon, komodo in a short time will weaken and stop attacking.
Diving and SnorkelingKomodo island does not only offer the natural beauty of the mainland only. Underwater nature on the island is also not less beautiful. There are approximately 386 type of reef, 70 species of sponges, seaweeds as home to thousands of species of fish, green turtles, whales, sharks, dolphins and more.
Komodo Island underwater nature and the Komodo National Park is referred to as one of the best diving locations in the world. While diving or snorkeling in here, you can see the beauty of marine life that is rich and diverse.