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#WorldLizardDay Dragon islands - how people live alongside the world's largest venomous reptile, by @Mark_Eveleigh  Update: In July 2019, the Indonesian government announced that it would close Komodo Island, in order to protect Komodo dragons.

These huge beasts have inspired myths of fantastic proportions. Get to know the real life dragons of Komodo Island.

These huge beasts have inspired myths of fantastic proportions. Get to know the real life dragons of Komodo Island.

According to fossil records, Komodo dragons (Varanus komodoensis) moved out of Australia and made their way to the Indonesian islands, arriving on the island of Flores around 900,000 years ago

“It’s called Komodo Island, so it’s for the Komodo not for humans. There will be no human rights there, only animal rights”.

These huge beasts have inspired myths of fantastic proportions. Get to know the real life dragons of Komodo Island.

Thousands of residents of Komodo island in eastern Indonesia are resisting a government plan to relocate them and close the island next year in a bid to conserve the rare Komodo dragons l #PropertyRights  #Climate 

Time out for Indonesia's Komodo Island: The famous tourist attraction is shutting its doors for a year.

Time out for Indonesia's Komodo Island: The famous tourist attraction is shutting its doors for a year.

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Indonesia is closing Komodo Island for all of 2020 to protect its Komodo dragons. There are only 1,700 of the rare lizards on the island. Last year, there were over 176,000 visitors who visited the area.

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“It’s called Komodo Island, so it’s for the Komodo not for humans" Indonesian authorities want to give Komodo Island back to the dragons, closing it to tourists and expelling inhabitants

Komodo island is reportedly closing until 2020 because people keep stealing the dragons

Komodo Island to close until 2020 because people are abducting the lizards. Police busted a ring of lizard-smugglers who planned on selling 41 Komodo dragons:

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Komodo Island is shutting down because people keep smuggling the dang dragons

Komodo Island will be closed to tourists next year - because people are STEALING its famous komodo dragons

INDONESIA: Komodo island may close access to visitors because of theft of the famed Komodo Dragon, the world's largest lizard.

Komodo Island is shutting down because people keep smuggling the dang dragons

A lucky diver spotted the rarely-seen shark off the coast of Indonesia's Komodo Island

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