Komodo considers tourist ban to help boost dragon numbers

Indonesian authorities want to protect endangered lizard from smugglers and restock its island food supply

Authorities are considering banning tourists from Komodo, the island home of the ancient Komodo dragon, to allow for conservation efforts amid concerns over animal-smuggling.

The island, in Manggarai Barat, Indonesia, is a major tourist destination, with many people making the trip to see the lizard which has a venomous bite, can grow up to three metres long and weigh more than 150kg.

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Source: The Guardian
Komodo considers tourist ban to help boost dragon numbers