It’s one among Indonesia’s most well-known islands, residence to greater than 2000 Komodo dragons and attracting tens of hundreds of holiday makers every year.
However after initially asserting the closure of the island to vacationers from 2020, the Authorities has determined to backflip and as an alternative implement a brand new plan to maintain guests — and their cash — rolling in to the area.
In July, the announcement was made to shut the island to guests in a bid to guard the reptiles who name “Dragon Island” residence. With vacationers required to pay simply $10 to enter the island, the monetary harm wasn’t an enormous concern for a 12-month closure.
However after cautious consideration, the Authorities has now launched a membership scheme as an alternative of a customer ban.
However be ready to pay.
At a price of $1000 per individual, the brand new membership system will improve conservation efforts to guard the dragons, in keeping with the ministry of surroundings.
However the change of tact has left critics somewhat confused in regards to the motive behind the change.
In keeping with The Guardian, in 2018 Viktor Bungtilu Laiskodat, governor of East Nusa Tenggara, proposed concentrating on high-end prospects with a $US500 entry charge.
“Solely individuals with deep pockets are allowed to (see Komodo dragons),” he stated. “Those that don’t have the cash shouldn’t go to the park because it particularly caters to extraordinary individuals.”
In keeping with state information company Antara, there will probably be two membership ranges. Premium members will probably be allowed to go to Komodo island, whereas non-premium members will be capable to go to different islands within the Komodo nationwide park, the place dragons additionally reside.
“The expansion of the neighborhood on the island will probably be restricted in order that the village doesn’t turn out to be too large and threaten conservation efforts,” Marius Jelamu, spokesman for Mr Laiskodat, advised the BBC.
“There may also be extra education schemes within the village to verify the neighborhood are totally a part of the conservation effort.”
The Komodo dragon, which might develop as much as three metres lengthy, has lengthy known as the island residence. The reptiles kill their prey by biting it and infecting it with venomous saliva earlier than letting the animal bleed to loss of life.