Komodo National Park (1991)
Indonesia

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UNESCO (France) 2001. Komodo National Park with Komodo Dragon.

These volcanic islands are inhabited by a population of around 5,700 giant lizards, whose appearance and aggressive behaviour have led to them being called 'Komodo dragons'. They exist nowhere else in the world and are of great interest to scientists studying the theory of evolution. The rugged hillsides of dry savannah and pockets of thorny green vegetation contrast starkly with the brilliant white sandy beaches and the blue waters surging over coral. 
  • UNESCO (France) 2001. Komodo National Park with Komodo Dragon. 

The Komodo dragon is the world's largest lizard species. It is found mainly on the Indonesian islands of Komodo, Rintja, Padar, and Flores. Reaching lengths of up to 3 m or more, and weighing up to 126 kg, these reptiles are swift runners and climbers with great appetites for deer and wild boar. There are only an estimated 1,000 to 5,000 of these monitor lizards living today. 

Although often regarded as pests, they are not a serious menace to humans. In order to protect the dragon, the Indonesian government has made the islands of Padar and Rintja into nature reserves for both the lizard and its prey. 

Commercial trade in specimens or skins is illegal under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. 

  • Indonesia 2000. Four-block issued for WWF, showing the Komodo Dragon. These stamps exist also in two souvenir sheets of each two stamps. 

Indonesia 2000. Block of four stamps showing the Komodo Dragons.

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Other World Heritage Sites in Indonesia (on this site). Inactive links are not described on postage stamps. Please refer to the UNESCO-listing, section Indonesia for further information about the individual properties. 

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