There are about 5,500 dragons in the Komodo National Park. Photo: iStock.

Nagbabala ang mga Conservationists sa maaaring banta ng mga awtoridad sa Indonesia ang kaligtasan ng icon na Komodo Dragon kung itutulak nila ang mga plano upang akitin ang 500,000 turista sa rehiyon sa 2019, na kung saan ay dalawang beses mg bilang o dami ng binisita noong nakaraang taon.

Ang Komodo National Park at ang kanyang bayan na Labuan Bajo sa silangang rehiyon ng Nusa Tenggara ay nakalista bilang mga sentro ng paglago ng turismo, kasama ang pamahalaan na nagtatayo upang lumikha ng “Sampung bagong Bali” upang maabot ng bansa ang target na 20 milyong turista sa 2019 – isang pagtaas ng limang milyon sa 2018.

Sumasaklaw sa 29 na isla, ang parke ay ipinahayag na isang World Heritage Site ng United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization dahil ito ay ang tanging lugar sa mundo kung saan ang mga dragons ay matatagpuan sa wild. May mga pinaniniwalaan na higit sa 5,500 dragons and nasa parke.

Ngunit sinasabi ng mga park ranger na mayroon nang napakaraming bisita, na may mga cruise ship na nagdadala ng 500 hanggang 1,200 sa isang pagkakataon. Sinabi ng isa na kung dumarating ang higit pang mga barko, ang mga turista ay hindi makakakita ng anumang bagay, dahil ang mga dragons ay natatakot at nagtatago kung sobrang sobra and dami ng tao.

Ayon sa isang pag-aaral na isinagawa ng World Wide Fund para sa Kalikasan noong nakaraang taon, ang parke ay maaaring ligtas na mangasiwa ng mga 150,000  at 170,000 na mga bisita sa lupain taun-taon kung maayos itong pinamamahalaan. Ang mga lokal na opisyal ng turismo ay maingat din sa anumang biglaang pagtaas sa mga bisita, nagbabala na ang mga dragons ay lilipat sa ibang lugar kung ang kanilang mga tahanan ay masisira.

Original: Tourist push may hurt dragons, rangers warn

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