Komodo Island is well known for one of its main habitants, the Komodo dragon which is the world’s largest lizard. The Island is located in the Republic of Indonesia and one of its 17,508 islands. It is part of Indonesia province of East Nusa Tenggara. It is believed to be formed approximately 1 million years ago where the remaining rainforests and bamboo forests can be still found.
It has a surface area of 390 square kilometers and human a population of around 2,000. Most of them are descendants of exiled convicts.
Fast Facts: –
- Komodo National Park was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1991. It covers three major islands Komodo, Rinca and Padar.
- This national park was initially established to protect and conserve the Komodo dragon which is an extinct species
- There are only seven pink beaches in the world and one of them is on Komodo Island.
- On this island there are 253 species of reef-building coralsare found with approximately 1000 species of fish.
- Here, the dry season starts in April and ends in December. The coldest months of the year are July and August.
- The rainy season starts in January and lasts until March although the island does not get torrential rain like the rest of the country does.
- On November 11, 2011, Komodo Island became one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
- The highest peak of the island is known as Satalibo with a height of 735 meters.
- Komodo dragons generally feed upon deer, so in order to increase their population, government has prohibited deer hunting.
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