To mark the 37th anniversary of Komodo National Park in Indonesia. A few things about the home of the largest Dragons
The Komodo National Park is located in the centre of the Indonesian archipelago spread across three volcanic islands – Komodo, Rinca and Padar – as well as a number of smaller ones.
The International Union for the Conservation of Nature classified the Komodo Dragons as ‘vulnerable’ and in 1980 The Komodo National Park was set up to conserve the ‘unique’ Komodo Dragons and their habitat.
The national park is home to some 5,700 Komodo dragons, having laso 72 bird species, including the yellow-crested cockatoo, sea turtles, dolphins, whales, and thousands of fish species, as well the Timor deer; a favourite meal for the dragon. Being the largest lizards on the planet, they can be up to 100 times bigger than the smallest other species.
Komodo Dragons can eat 50% of their own weight in a single meal and have an acute sense of smell and being native to Indonesia, many live in the Komodo National Park.
Todays Google Doodle is helping to celebrate with the Komodo National Park, its 37th anniversary and spread some light on the beauty of the planets Dragons.