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JAKARTA, Indonesia – Welcome to the world, baby Komodo dragons!
Indonesia’s Ministry of Environment and Forests (KLHK) shared some good news last week: 11 dragon eggs hatched at the Taman Safari conservation center, in Cisarua, Puncak, West Java.
The birth was particularly special as it was the first time in 3 decades that the conservation agency successfully had new Komodo births. Komodo dragons can only be found in Indonesia.
“This is exciting news because it has been 31 years since we’ve had Komodo breeding results in conservation organizations. So this is history,” Enviornment Minister Siti Nurbaya told Rappler on Sunday, March 6.
In addition to 11 eggs hatching, the safari park is still waiting for the birth of 10 more eggs.
Based on data from 2016, the population of Komodos in the Komodo National Park – which was founded to protect these vulnerable lizards – was recorded at just 3,012. The ratio of male to female dragons was at 3:1, negatively affecting mating.
According to National Geographic, Komodo dragons have been in Indonesia for millions of years.
They can reach up to 10 feet (3 meters) in length and more than 300 pounds (136 kilograms) and are the heaviest lizards on Earth. Adult Komodos have long, flat heads with rounded snouts, scaly skin, bowed legs, and huge, muscular tails. – Rappler.com/with reports from Uni Lubis