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Only Komodo Island to be closed to tourist: NTT Governor

Senin 21 Jan 2019 18:40 WIB

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Komodo Island

Komodo Island

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East Nusa Tenggara Governor plans to close Komodo National Park for a year.

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, KUPANG -- Only Komodo Island, part of the Komodo National Park, will be closed to tourists, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) Governor Viktor Bungtilu Laiskodat stressed. Other islands in the national park will still remain open to visitors.

"The plan to close Komodo National Park will only be applicable for Komodo Island. Tourists can still visit Rinca Island, Padar Island, and others," Laiskodat stated here on Monday.

Komodo National Park includes the three larger islands of Komodo, Padar, and Rinca, and 26 smaller ones. However, he remarked that the island will be closed after the central government agreed on the partnership with its local counterpart to manage the national park.

"Until now, it (the national park management) is still under the central government, in this case, the Forestry and Environment Ministry. If this can be agreed upon, Komodo island will be closed for a year for some improvements," he elaborated.

He reiterated that only Komodo Island will be closed.

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Komodo in Rinca Island, Komodo National Park, East Nusa Tenggara.

"Go ahead if tourists want to go around (the national park) aboard a boat, but they cannot disembark at Komodo Island. They can go to Rinca, Padar, and other islands," he stated.

Komodo Island is closed to increase the population of Komodo dragon (Varanus Komodoensis).

"I think we need genetic engineering, and it will necessitate research and calmness," he emphasized.

The national park was founded in 1980 to protect the Komodo dragon, the world's largest lizard. In 1991, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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