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In the case of Indonesia’s Komodo National Park, the reasons people visit have a lot to do with the three-meter-long, 70-kilogram poisonous lizard that can be found in the wild nowhere else on Earth: the Komodo dragon.

Unfortunately for both the dragons and the park that’s named after them, their growing popularity may be putting them at some risk.

Visitor numbers have been steadily increasing, even as the lizard population has remained stable. That stability is good news.

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This research was made possible through the financial support from USAID, who funded the USAID-CIFOR Fellowship program that supported Muhammad Ikbal to pursue his Master’s degree at the University of Florida.

This research forms part of the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry, which is supported by CGIAR Fund Donors.
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