Indonesia to Close Island to Prevent Komodo Dragon Smuggling
(Bloomberg) -- Indonesia will close an island inhabited by endangered komodo dragons following reports of rampant smuggling of the giant lizards, the Tempo reported.
The closure is in response to the alleged smuggling of 41 komodo dragons and their sale overseas for about 500 million rupiah ($35,100) each, Tempo reported. Only Komodo Island, a major tourist attraction, will be shut, not all areas of komodo conservation, the report cited Jelamu as saying.
The temporary shutdown will allow better preservation of the island’s nature and environment and increase the komodo population, Jelamu said.
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