Realwonderoftheworld.com – Are you Indonesian reptile lovers? For those of you who are traveling in Jakarta, you should visit Komodo Dragon Museum in Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (TMII).
Museum Fauna Indonesia “Komodo” and Taman Reptilia (Reptiles Park) were inaugurated by President Soeharto on April 20, 1978 to show the diversity of Indonesia’s fauna. The collection includes reptiles, which are displayed in dry-savanna-forests atmosphere, and mammals from the coast to the mountain top. The museum is located on the land area of 10,120 m2 in Komodo Dragon-shaped measuring 72x35x19,75m. The exhibition room is of 1,500 m2 large. Behind the exhibition area, there is a small room available for films, lectures, and other meetings which accommodate 40 people.
The first floor collection is assorted mammals and reptiles equipped with its natural environment. The types which are almost to extinction are displayed, such as tigers, elephants and bears. In the showcase is presented a variety of butterflies found all over Indonesia; snail-typed, clams, crabs, and shrimp; and segmented animals, including millipedes, spiders, and scorpion.
The second floor collection is a various of bird species set and arranged according to their habitat, including in the ocean, beaches, swamps, rice paddies, fields, plantations, jungle base, forests, and mountains, which are originated from Sumatra, Kalimantan, Java, Bali, Nusa Tenggara, Sulawesi, Maluku and Papua.
Taman Reptilia that presents a collection of living reptiles was built around the museum building on April 20, 2001. Visitors can recognize these unique animals one by one starting from the Komodo dragon, lizards, snakes with legs, python, king cobra, turtle, snake-neck turtles, crocodile turtles, frogs, crocodiles, iguanas and other reptiles. The museum is fit for all ages. Children who have more curiosity and always want to touch and hold can be freely mingled with the python in Taman Sentuh.
Lingering on in this museum will make you feel like traveling around Indonesia. After enjoying the collection in Komodo Museum, it is the time to take pictures in from of the unique building of Komodo Dragon — truly the only living Dragon on earth.
Enjoy Jakarta and Happy Green Travels!
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