Komodo Island is the NEW 7 Wonders of The World

Komodo Island is the NEW 7 Wonders of The World - The Komodo National Park was built in 1980 to protect the Komodo dragon (veranus Komodoensis) which is a venomous species of lizards that inhabit the islands of Komodo, Rinca, and Padar, as well as numerous other smaller islands in Indonesia`s East Nusa Tenggara province.

It covers a total surface area (marine and land) of 1,817 km (proposed extensions would bring the total surface area to 2,321 km2). As well as home to the komodo dragon, the park provides refuge for many other notable terrestrial species such as the orange-footed scrub fowl, an endemic rat, and the Timor deer.

According to the official website of the Komodo National Park, the goals for the park have expanded to protecting its entire biodiversity, both terrestrial and marine. In 1986, the park was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, which is an indication of the park`s biological importance.

A research result by the Nature Conservation Agency of the park revealed that the population of the giant lizards is decreasing so that the world rare animal species is facing extinction. The very rare animal species have become increasingly on the brink of extinction because of illegal hunting by highly irresponsible people, just like the illegal hunting of deer and boars.

There was a time when the giant lizards were taken by a number of zoo operators in Indonesia as a new collection, but eventually these big animals did not develop or grow well as in their own habitat.

Thus, the world community needs to help preserve their habitat and population by bringing them to the world`s attention and include them into one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature.

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