Komodo Dragon, Discovery, Research

October 6, 2011 No Comments »

Realwonderoftheworld.com - Komodo was first documented by Europeans in 1910. Its name was expanded after 1912, when Peter Ouwens, director of the Zoological Museum in Bogor, published a paper about the komodo after receiving the photo and the skin of this reptile.

Later, Komodo was the driving factor to do an expedition to Komodo Island by W. Douglas Burden in 1926. After returning with 12 preserved specimens and 2 living dragons, this expedition provided inspiration for the movie King Kong in 1933. W. Douglas Burden is the one who first gave the name “Komodo Dragon” to this animal. Three of the specimens obtained were reshaped on display and is still stored at the Museum of American Natural History.

The Dutch, realizing the reduced number of animals in the wild, forbade komodo hunting and limit the number of animals taken for scientific research. Komodo expedition was halted during World War II, and was continued until the 1950s and ‘60s when a study done on komodo’s feeding behavior, reproduction and body temperature. In those years, another expedition was designed to examine komodo in the long term. This task fell to the Auffenberg family, who then lived for 11 months on the island of Komodo in 1969. During that time, Walter Auffenberg and Putra Sastrawan as his assistant, managed to capture and mark more than 50 komodo dragons. The result of this expedition was very influential on the increase in komodo captivation. Subsequent studies then provide a brighter and clearer explanation about the nature of komodo, that biologists such as Claudio Ciofi can continue a more in-depth study.

Komodo Dragon is truly the only living Dragon on earth. What are you waiting for? Please visit the Komodo National Park right now and be a responsible and environmentally-friendly traveler.

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