Monthly Archives: February 2011

Local Human Population of Komodo Island

In 1980, a population of approximately 600-700 people lived on the islands of Komodo and Rinca, half within the Park, in the villages of Kampung Komodo, Kampung Rinca, and Kerora (J.Thorsell, pers. comm.1991). By 2004, the population in the Park … Continue reading

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Cultural Heritage of Komodo Island

The evidence of early settlement is supported by the recent discovery of Neolithic graves, artefacts and megaliths on Komodo Island. The islands have long been settled due to their strategic importance and the existence of sheltered anchorages and supplies of … Continue reading

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Fauna of Komodo Island

The transitional nature of the biota has resulted in the presence of many mammals from Asia and several reptiles and birds from the Australasian bio-region. Compared with the rich marine life the terrestrial fauna is small. The Park is best … Continue reading

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Vegetation of Komodo Island

The location just to the east of Wallace’s line gives the islands a transitional biota between the Oriental and Australasian regions. The predominant vegetation, covering some 70% of the Park, is dry open grass-woodland savannah, mainly of anthropogenic origin, Most … Continue reading

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Climate of Komodo Island (Komodo National Park Indonesia)

The Park lies within one of the driest regions of Indonesia with an annual rainfall of between 800m and 1000mm. The heaviest rainfall, highest humidity, strongest winds (from the west) and lowest temperatures are recorded during the monsoon between November … Continue reading

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Komodo National Park Indonesia Physical Features

Komodo is one of the long arc of islands running from Sumatra towards Irian Jaya along the line of a tectonic subduction between the Sunda and Sahul shelfs. It is the largest (34,000 ha) of a small archipelago between the … Continue reading

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Dates And History Of Establishment Of Komodo National Park Indonesia

1915: The Komodo dragon first formally protected, four years after its discovery to science; 1938: The islands of Padar and part of Rinca were first established as Nature Reserves; 1965: Extended when Komodo Island Nature Reserve was gazetted under Ministerial … Continue reading

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