Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Beyond the Dragon: Komodo's natural fascinations

Here's a smashing tourist's guide to Komodo National Park by Kanis Dursin for The Jakarta Post. It covers way more than just the grisliest endangered animals of the park that we're most familiar with.
Welcome to Komodo National Park in West Manggarai regency, East Nusa Tenggara province.

You would be forgiven to think the 1,817 square kilometer park in the heart of Wallacea has nothing more but the Komodo dragon (varanus komodoensis) to offer.
The truth is, while the unique dragon remains its main draw, the national park, established in 1980, is pregnant with fascinating natural attractions -- and watching roaring flying foxes is just one of them.

Next time you come to Komodo National Park make sure you tell your guide to drop by a mangrove islet off Rinca village so you can see thousands of flying foxes migrating in droves.

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