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Komodo national Park

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Komodo national Park is located on the territory of the lesser Sunda Islands, on the border between the provinces of East Nusa Tenggara and West Nusa Tenggara. In the Park, which is 1733 sq km, has three large Islands: Komodo, Padar and Rinca, and 26 smaller Islands. Of the total area of the Park 603 sq. km is land, everything else - coastal waters.

The national Park was founded in 1980 to protect the Komodo dragons, or as they are called, a giant Indonesian monitor lizards, which were discovered in 1912 on the island of Komodo, and therefore got this name. Komodo dragon - the largest lizard in the world, the length of which can reach up to 3 meters and weigh up to 70 lbs. Later under protection were other types of animals and marine animals. In 1991 the national Park was listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO and also included in the list of the new seven wonders of nature.

Hot and dry climate of the Park with vegetation typical of the savanna, ideal for the Komodo dragon. Part of the Park is tropical rainforest, coastal part of the Park is mangrove forest. In the North-Eastern part of Komodo island are coral reefs, which grows about 26 species of corals. Among the marine life Park is the whale shark, common sunfish (the largest bony fish in the world), manta ray (it is also called a large sea devil or SKAT-stag), Ortakoy scat, sperm whale, blue whale, dolphins, etc.

Tourists-the divers love visiting the Park of Komodo due to the extremely rich marine fauna and flora.