Apart from Komodo, Komodo Island is also a habitat for various other endangered animals. Here are rare animals on Komodo Island that the world has never known.
Komodo National Park (KNP) consists of three large islands, Rinca Island, Komodo Island, and Padar Island. Established since 1980, KNP was specifically built to protect the preservation of the oldest ancient reptiles on earth. In 1991, UNESCO designated KNP as a World Heritage Site. Not only that, in 2011 TNK received the most votes as the New Seven Wonders.
So far, the international community only knows that Komodo Island in KNP is a habitat for Komodo dragons only. Even though there are various other endangered animals that also live and play a role in the complex ecosystem of Komodo Island. Here are rare animals on Komodo Island that the world has never known, did you already know?
1. Yellow Crested Cockatoo
Based on monitoring from Komodo National Park Hall (BTNK) in 2017, Yellow Crested Cockatoo (Cacatua sulphurea) who live on Komodo Island, amounting to 773 individuals. With a body length of about 35 cm, this bird has almost all white feathers. As the name suggests, there is a yellow crest that can be raised on the head.
2. Dugong / Dugong
Who would have thought, the waters on Komodo Island are also a habitat for the rarest marine mammals, Duyung / Dugong. Dugong is one of the surviving members of Sirenia or Sea Cow besides Manatee. These marine mammals can live up to 22-25 years of age. Dugongs are found in shallow to moderate deep coastal areas eastern Indonesian waters.
3. King Prawns
The King Shrimp is the common name for the fish-eating birds of the Alcendinidae family. There are at least 90 species of king prawns that are distributed in tropical Africa, Asia and Australia. Of the 90 species, about 26 of them live limited to eastern Indonesia, starting from the island of Sulawesi, Nusa Tenggara, Maluku, and Papua.
Coyote or what is also called Ajak or Ajag (Cuon alpinus) is a species of wild dog that lives in the forests and mountains of southern or eastern Asia. Invite glance similar to a wolf, with medium stature and reddish brown color. The tail is thick blackish. Ajak usually live in groups of five to twelve.
5. Hawksbill Turtle
Komodo Island is also a habitat for the Hawksbill Turtle species (Eretmochelys imbricata). The existence of Hawksbill Turtles in nature is very rare. In general, Hawksbill Turtles have a flat body shape with a carapace and fins that resemble arms. Hawksbill turtles can venture into the Pacific Ocean and will return to his homeland, Komodo Island, to lay eggs.
6. Wild Horses
Wild horses (Equus ferus) is a type of horse that lives freely in the wild and is not kept by humans. Horses are said to be Wild Horses if their ancestors had a bloodline that was never tamed at all. The natural topography of Komodo Island in the form of savanna and wide grasslands greatly supports the life of wild horses.
Source – 2020-11-19 05:59:27