Realwonderoftheworld.com - Komodo Dragon is a vulnerable species to extinction, and is categorized as Vulnerable in the IUCN Red List. Around 4000-5000 komodo are estimated to still live in the wild. These populations are limitedly spread in the islands of Rinca (1,300), Gili Motang (100), Gili Dasami (100), Komodo (1,700), and Flores (probably about 2,000 head).
However, there is a concern about this population because it is expected from all there are only 350 productive females and able to breed. Retrospect to this concern, in 1980 the Indonesian Government established Komodo National Park to protect komodo populations and the ecosystem in several islands including Komodo, Rinca, and Padar.
Later also set Wae Wuul and Wolo Tado Natural Conservation on the island of Flores to help conserve Komodo dragon. But on the other hand, there is evidence indicating that komodo dragon, at least in part, have been accustomed to human presence. Komodo dragon are accustomed to being fed carcasses of livestock, as an attraction for tourists to visit several locations.
Volcanic activity, earthquakes, destruction of habitat, fire (komodo dragon population in Padar Island was almost extinct because of natural fires), reduced prey, increased tourism, and poaching; all contributed to the vulnerable status of komodo. CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) has determined that the trade of komodo, its skin, and other products from these animals is illegal.
Komodo Dragon is truly the only living Dragon on earth. This slight fact has just shown that Komodo Dragon is indeed The Real Wonder of The World.
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