Komodo dragons are a prehistoric animal and the largest of the lizard species, sometimes growing up to 10 feet long and weighing 300 pounds! Unfortunately, it's just been announced that this incredible animal is also endangered, as classified by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Why? Humans of course. Climate change and unprotected habitat specifically.
Sign the petition to demand Indonesia protects the second natural habitat for Komodo dragons on Flores island.
This announcement came in early September 2021 after some scientific research found that rising sea levels from climate change are going to drastically reduce their habitat in the next few decades. The research said "urgent conservation actions are required to avoid risk of extinction." That is very strong wording for academia. The scientists were extremely alarmed that prehistoric animals, who have survived for so long, could soon be gone due to human action.
Komodo dragons are only found in Indonesia and one of their natural habitats is beautifully protected. Thanks to the Indonesian government, there is a Komodo National Park, where just under 3,000 of these massive lizards live. But climate change will encroach on that designated space over time if we don't take drastic action as a human race. The other main place Komodo dragons live is not protected, and therefore presents an opportunity for conservation expansion.
Sign the petition to ask the Indonesian government to protect the area in Flores where the other main group of Komodo dragons live.