Varanus komodoensis bears the Latin name and local name “Ora”, this giant lizard according to a story first published in 1912 in the national daily Dutch East Indies. Peter A. Ouwens, director of the Zoological Museum at Bogor is a person who has been introduced to the world through his paper dragons that. Since then, expeditions and research on endangered species continue to be done, even reportedly had inspired the film Gameloft in 1933. Recognizing the need for protection against the dragon in the center of human activity in their natural habitat that, in 1915 the Dutch government issued a ban on hunting and killing dragons.
Komodo island has now become one of the wonders of the world, because the beauty and the Komodo dragon is an ancient animal that is still alive, and only found in Indonesia alone, the numbers are too limited. for those of you who have never seen the island directly please visit Komodo dragons live on the island of Nusa Tenggara Timur (NTT).
Thanks to the efforts of government and local communities in conserving the National Park, tourists can now visit and came close look at the life of these ancient reptiles. With a body length of 2-3 meters, the Komodo dragon can weigh up to 70-100 pounds. Animals who liked this place is hot and dry or savanna habitat to live in tropical forests at low altitude. When night fell, dragons nest in the hole with the 1-3 meter while maintaining body heat at night. As carnivores at the top of the food chain, among other dragons prey goats, deer, wild boar, and birds. In certain circumstances, can behave cannibal with Komodo dragons prey on others. By relying on her sense of smell on his tongue, the Komodo dragon can smell carrion prey as far as 9 kilometers. Bite which could contain bacteria and deadly, plus a sharp front claws are natural weapons. In addition, the dragons were able to run 20 kilometers per hour in short distances, climb trees, swim and even dive.
Like other reptiles, the Komodo dragon reproduce by laying eggs. However, research has shown there are other ways to regenerate dragons, namely by means of parthenogenesis. This method allows the dragons females to produce eggs without fertilization by males. Parthenogenetic dragons allegedly had saved from extinction since thousands of years ago. However, habitat destruction, volcanic activity, earthquakes, fires, until the poaching has resulted in a decrease indicated a population of dragons to some degree vulnerable to extinction. It is estimated that there are 4-5 thousand dragons tail in the presence of a productive female only hundreds. Such a condition is a challenge for conservation efforts Komodo Island National Park.
Eco-tourism, announced the government on the island of Komodo National Park is expected to bring more domestic tourists / foreign countries. Not only parents, even though children should not be afraid to come and visit there. With safety regulations and tour are awake, humans and dragons can coexist peacefully. And like children, their love of dragons are the seeds that can grow their love of the wealth of the country and its history. It seems that this is a first message in the 90’s never sung with slick passing by Kak Seto Si Komo her doll. Through the character of Si Komo, Kak Seto brings Komodo conservation message to heart and mind the children of Indonesia, to make them proud of the wealth of his country.