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When Indonesia’s Dragons Become Too Popular

Beyond Bali: Government to Set Maximum Visitor Limits in 2018 at Komodo National Park
Republika.co.id reports that the Komodo National Park will soon impose maximum visitor levels for tourists allowed to visit the park in 2018.

The Park is home to a wide array of wildlife, including the rare Komodo (varanus komodoensis) – the world’s largest monitor lizard that can grow to 2.5 meters in length and weigh up to 90 kilograms

With visitor totals growing rapidly from year to year, the Komodo Park Authority has decided to adopt international best practice for parks that serve as habitats for rare flora and fauna by setting maximum visitor number that reflect scientifically determined carrying capacity.

The head of the Komodo National Park (TNK), Sudiyono, said: “The limitation on the number of visitors will be set for every destination (within the park), both on land and at diving locations.

He said the limit on visitors would help to minimize the negative effects of growing tourism numbers on the Komodo National Park.

The Komodo National Park is now listed among the 10 top tourism destinations beyond Bali that are be being aggressively promoted by the Ministry of Tourism.