There is hot news in the world of Indonesian tourism. This news is curious for domestic and foreign tourists. Komodo Island will be closed for one year, starting in 2020. When viewed from its existence, Komodo Island is one of the favorite islands of tourists. the reason why Komodo Island is a favorite destination is because Komodo Island is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. But as time goes on, the Komodo island has been damaged due to illegal hunting by irresponsible hunters. this damage the Komodo dragon's habitat, so with this incident, the government decided to close the Komodo island for one year. The goal is to restore the Komodo dragon's habitat to extinction.This news has been booming, and has been widely reported by local and international media.
The Indonesian government has announced it will close the island of Komodo to tourists next year to bid to prevent people from stealing its dragons. In a meeting with the Ministry of Environment and Forestry last week, the provincial East Nusa Tenggara provincial administration spokesman Marius Jelamud declared that "Komodo island will be shut down temporarily in January 2020," Tempo reports 12 months.The decision comes just after East Java Police busted a smuggling ring of dragons and tried to sell them on the international black market for 500 million rupiah (about AU $ 50,000) a piece. Senior Commander Akhmad Yusep Gunawan, said to have been rescued from the group of alleged animal traffickers. "The criminals intended to ship the animals to three countries in Southeast Asia through Singapore," Yusep told last week reporters, according to The Jakarta Post.
Five other smugglers on Java were arrested for allegedly trafficking dragons along with bearcats, cockatoos, and cassowaries. "The suspect sold the komodos online through Facebook," East Java police spokesman Frans Barung Mangera said in a statement, while police commissioners Rofiq Ripto Himawan told Channel News Asia that they were usually smuggled overseas to Asian buyers. "These animals are sold for traditional medicine," said Rofiq. "Komodo dragons could be used to make an antibiotic." Considered to be the world’s largest lizard, Komodo dragons are one of the most endered species on the planet. The UNESCO World Heritage Komodo National Park, in East Nusa Tenggara, is the only place where reptiles can see their natural habitat — and while the remainder of park will stay open throughout 2020, authorities are closing the gates on Komodo. in the hope of launching a conservation program and bolstering the local dragon population. UNESCO figures state that there are currently about 5,700 komodos spread throughout the Park.
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