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New Indonesian Komodo dragons found

New Indonesian Komodo dragons found
12 Feb 2014

Indonesia has reinforced its reputation as a top wildlife destination after a new population of the endangered Komodo dragon was discovered.

Previously, it was believed that this ancient species could only be found in Komodo National Park in East Nusa Tenggara, so the uncovering of a group of 12 the world's largest lizard living in Mbeliling Forest on Flores Island has created a real buzz in the scientific community.

The creatures were captured on camera traps by conservationists working near the coastal villages of Golo Mori and Tanjung Kerita Mese - proving that they can survive outside the UNESCO World Heritage Komodo National Park, which includes the islands of Komodo, Rinca and Padar. 

Richard Hume, Tourism Indonesia's UK manager, described the breakthrough as a 'truly remarkable find'. 

'Not only does it provide renewed hope for the ongoing survival of this fascinating species, it also reinforces Indonesia's position as one of the greatest wildlife destinations on earth,' he added. 

Indeed, the Komodo dragon is far from the only wildlife attraction found across Indonesia's 17,000 tropical islands. Here are just a few of the other big draws for animal lovers:

Orangutans

Seeing an orangutan in the wild is on many a traveller's bucket list, and there is no better place to do so than Kalimantan (Borneo), which is home to the world's largest population of the apes.

One-horned Javan rhinoceros

Sadly, the one-horned Javan rhinoceros is one of the most critically endangered species on the planet, with as few as 35 individuals surviving in Ujung Kulon National Park - their last refuge after Vietnam's last survivor was poached in 2010.

Birds of paradise

Birds of paradise is a collective term used to describe more than three dozen species in the family paradisaeidae marked by their colourful plumage. They are called 'cendrawasih' in Indonesia. The raggiana bird of paradise is the emblem of the island of New Guinea, which is the best place to spot them. ADNFCR-408-ID-801692717-ADNFCR

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