Could Komodo Island’s dragons survive without tourism?

by Naomi Clark-Shen

Komodo National Park is located in Central Indonesia but is a world of its own. Its islands are volcanic in origin, and its dragons—which are found nowhere else on Earth—are the star attraction for millions of tourists. Authorities have been indecisive over how to manage the park and protect the dragons from the stresses caused by a constant influx of tourists.  After a tumultuous year, they appear to have made a final decision, but is it the right one?

June and August 2018

Komodo National Park.

November 2018
March 2019

A local man selling wooden Komodo dragons. Many local people in the area depend on tourism for their livelihoods.

October 2019
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Naomi Clark-Shen / Writer

Naomi was a data journalist at Kontinentalist. She is a marine scientist who has commitment issues so works on a variety of projects. In her free time, she likes to be in the ocean, in the mountains, or in the wrestling ring.

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