Poach­ers shut Dragon is­land

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IN­DONE­SIA’S Ko­modo Is­land will be closed to tourists next year be­cause hunters are steal­ing the gi­ant lizards.

It comes after po­lice un­cov­ered a smug­gling ring that stole 41 ko­modo dragons, pic­tured, in a month, sell­ing them over­seas for £27,000 each. Author­i­ties caught up with the smug­glers last month after they of­fered five baby Ko­mo­dos for sale on Face­book.

The poach­ers were also sell­ing dozens of other an­i­mals in­clud­ing bearcats, cock­a­toos and cas­sowaries, of­ten re­ferred to as the world’s dead­li­est bird.

Next year’s clo­sure of Ko­modo Is­land will give the In­done­sian gov­ern­ment time to in­crease its con­ser­va­tion ef­forts on the is­land.

Ko­modo dragons can grow up to 10ft long and weigh up to 200lb. There are 6,000 left in the wild, all in In­done­sia’s Ko­modo Na­tional Park. It spans 29 is­lands, of which only Ko­modo will be closed.

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