Timor deer on Komodo island

Timor deer on Komodo island in Indonesia

The major drawcard for Komodo island is the dragons: fierce creatures that grow up to three meters in length. These descendants of dinosaurs need to eat the equivalent of their bodyweight (which can be 90kg) in a month, and often hunt buffalo. Timor deer (Rusa timorensis), which are listed as vulnerable on the IUCN List of Threatened Species, also make up the dragons’ diet.

Timor deer are actually fairly common, but they’re listed as vulnerable because they have such a small distribution and it’s estimated that there are less than 10,000 adult individuals left in the wild. Researchers expect that within three generations the number will drop by 10 percent.

For many of our charter guests, a walk on Komodo is a highlight of their time with us. Komodo, and snorkeling with manta rays, kayaking on a crater lake, the delicious food, our fantastic crew, chilled life onboard…. should we go on?

 

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