History and Legend of Komodo Island Flores

Komodo Island Flores

History and Legend of Komodo Island Flores - Komodo Island is located in the eastern part of Indonesia, So you should be proud as an Indonesian citizen has Komodo Island. Not only that you also should be happy and more proud because the island of Komodo entered in the 7 natural wonders of the world.

Not until they're alone, Komodo Island is also a habitat for rare ancient animals that still live to this day, namely Komodo.

History of Komodo Island

Komodo is known by the scientific name Varanus komodoensis is the largest species of lizards in the world that live on the island of Komodo, Rinca, Flores, Gili Motang, and Gili Dasami in Nusa Tenggara. By the locals, dragons are often called Ora.

Including members of the Varanidae lizard family, and klad Toxicofera, komodo is the largest lizard in the world, with an average length of 2-3 m. This large size is associated with island gigantism, the tendency to enlarge the bodies of certain animals that live on small islands associated with the absence of carnivorous mammals on the island where the Komodo dragon lives, and the small rate of Komodo metabolism.

Because of its large body, this lizard occupies the position of the top predator that dominates the ecosystem where he lives.

Komodo dragons were discovered in 1910. His large body and terrible reputation make them popular in zoos.
The habitat of dragons in the wild has shrunk and hence IUCN incorporates Komodo as a species susceptible to extinction. The large lizard is now protected under Indonesian government regulations and a national park was established to protect them.

Actually, the attraction of Komodo National Park is not solely by the presence of Komodo alone. As I quoted from the official website of the Ministry of Forestry who manages the Komodo National Park site, the panorama of savanna and underwater scenery is a potential advocate attraction. Marine tourism, for example, fishing, snorkeling, diving, canoeing, boating.

While on the mainland, the potential of nature tourism that can be done is the observation of animals, hiking, and camping. Visiting Komodo National Park and enjoying a very charming landscape is an experience that will never be forgotten.

The existence of Komodo dragons on Komodo Island was discovered around 1911 by a Dutchman. At that time he did not accidentally hunt on this island, then met with dragons and then documented in the form of photos.

The photos were published in the Bogor zoological museum, and in 1912 the documentation was widely published abroad. Soon the news about the existence of this giant monitor lizard spread all over the world.

From there many scientists from all over the world come to do scientific research, the following track record that we quote from Loh Liang (Komodo National Park) about the existence of the island of Komodo.


  • 1911 Komodo's discovery by J.K.H Van Steyn
  • 1912 Provision of scientific name Varanus Komodoensis by P.A. Owens
  • 1912 SK. Sultan Bima on the protection of Komodo
  • 1926 SK. Pemda Manggarai Komodo protection
  • 1930 SK. Resident Flores Komodo protection
  • 1931 Komodo Listed in the list of animals that are absolutely protected in the Law of Protection of wild animals
  • 1938 Establishment of Wildlife Sanctuary of P. Rinca and P.Padar
  • 1965 Establishment of Animal Sanctuary of Komodo Island
  • 1980 Establishment of Komodo National Park
  • 1991 Designation as world natural heritage by UNESCO
  • 1992 Komodo as a national animal presidency No.4 of 1992
  • 2013 Komodo National Park becomes one of the 7 natural wonders of the world
Not only scientific history recorded in Loh Liang, you also need to know the folklore or legend about the existence of dragons on the island. This story even you can read while visiting Loh Liang, there is a banner that tells about the origin of Komodo.

The attraction of Komodo National Park

Actually, the attraction of Komodo National Park is not solely by the presence of Komodo alone. As I quoted from the official website of the Ministry of Forestry who manages the Komodo National Park site, the panorama of savanna and underwater scenery is a potential advocate attraction.

Marine tourism, for example, fishing, snorkeling, diving, canoeing, boating. While on the mainland, the potential of nature tourism that can be done is the observation of animals, hiking, and camping. Visiting Komodo National Park and enjoying a very charming landscape is an experience that will never be forgotten.

Thus the Explanation of us about the History and Legend of Komodo Island may be useful.

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