Komodo Dragon Conservation
Here be Dragons... not anymore...
Conservation of these creatures.
The Komodo dragon is a vulnerable species that is dwindling because of habitat reduction. This is due to volcano activity, fire, earthquakes, loss of prey, tourism, and poaching. There are approximately 4000- 5000 living Komodo Dragons throughout the world. To correct these problems the komodo National Park was established in 1980 to protect both the Komodo dragon and its habitat. There is evidence though; that these dragons are becoming more and more accustomed to human presence, many tourists even feed them carcasses.
Komodo attacks are rare, but they do happen. These dragons have been known to kill humans. Needless to say, humans have also been known to kill dragons. Unfortunately, because these dragons live in such a small range of space, there chance of species survival dwindles. For instance, in 1984, there was a large fire that swept through Padar, killing most plant species, and therefore herbivores, which directly affected the Dragons.
Because of their sheer power, and known danger, the dragons are a great zoo attraction. Sadly they are a rare attraction and they are usually easily susceptible to disease and infection, making them a difficult animal to raise in captivity. It has also been observed that in captivity, these animals are likely to develop a more tame nature. They are known to drink water right out of their keepers hands! They are also capable of recognizing individual humans. Furthermore, it is known that these animals also engage in play. It has been noted that they enjoy pushing or shaking objects without any intent of eating or attacking it.
Even though they may seem more docile in captivity, they are still powerful animals that are capable of striking at any moment. It is imperative that humans be aware of this in order to further precipitate their conservation. Without the help of mankind, these creatures may soon vanish from the earth. Thankfully, the world is finally recognizing the importance of these creatures. In Indonesia, the government has made Komodo Island a national park, and they have been added to the endangered species list, to protect them from hunters. It is a little k own fact that an estimated 100 species go extinct each day! It is prevalent therefore, that we as humans should do as much as possible to keep the species that are on this earth alive and well! And that most certainly includes the Komodo dragon.