KOMODO NATIONAL PARK, INDONESIA
 
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The world's largest lizard is found only in Indonesia; primarily on the islands of Komodo and Rinca.  These two volcanic islands, located in West Mangarai, East Nusa Tengarra province, and many other smaller islands comprise the Komodo National Park and Biosphere Reserve.  The park was designated a World Heritage Site in 1991.  There are small villages on the two larger islands.  
 
Visitors must pay an entrance fee which helps defray the costs of maintaining the park and improving access to areas within it.  Recently an attractive visitor's center was built on Komodo Island.  It includes a restaurant.  There are very limited accommodations at this time.  To visit the islands, people general fly to the city of Lubuanbajo on Flores Island and go by boat to the park.  The boats vary widely in what they offer - some offer limited food and sleeping on a hammock on the deck while others have air conditioned cabins and bathrooms.  The latter generally have good food.
 
The area is also are well known for diving; Lubuanbajo is a fine place to initiate trips to dive.  Typically, diving trips are combined with trekking on Rinca and Komodo islands.  
 
The park's official web site is found by clicking here.
A Few Facts:  The Komodo Dragon
Komodo dragons have thrived in the harsh climate of Indonesia's Lesser Sunda Islands for millions of years, but became known to the scientific community only in 1911.

The dragons can reach 10 feet (3 meters) in length and more than 300 pounds (136 kilograms)

As the dominant predators on a handful of islands, they will eat almost anything, including carrion, deer, pigs, smaller dragons, and even large water buffalo and humans. When hunting, Komodo dragons rely on camouflage and patience, lying in wait for passing prey. When a victim comes near, the dragon springs, using its powerful legs, sharp claws and serrated, shark-like teeth to eviscerate its prey.

If an animal escapes after being bitten, the dragon's saliva with over 50 strains of bacteria usually causes the stricken animal to die within 24 hours of blood poisoning. Dragons follow such prey for miles as the bacteria takes effect, using their keen sense of smell to hone in on the corpse. Dragons eat 80 percent of their body weight in a single feeding.