Jurassic park, the well-known science fiction film directed by Steven Spielberg in the early 1990s, is more close to seeing the light in a real way. In this case they would not be dinosaurs but komodo dragons the species that would be inside. The place indicated for its construction is in the Komodo National Park, Indonesia.
Already last year the local government of the country began the works for the realization of a series of projects, with which they would be created new tourist spaces in the park, declared World Heritage. Despite the Unesco warnings on the environmental impact that this would have, the construction of Jurassic Park (as the project was called on social networks) will continue, according to reports Reuters.
The notice of the international organization attends to the concern for the habitat of Komodo dragons, a classified species in danger of extinction by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. In its last report, on June 4, the Unesco World Heritage Committee stated that the project needed a new evaluation of environmental impact with which to analyze the problems of illegal fishing and the potential risk to the habitat of the species.
The increase in tourism worries
One of the main problems for the species, due to its new tourist use, would be the potential increase in visitors to the park. Sponsors hope to attract some 500,000 annual tourists, “double the number of visitors before the pandemic,” according to data from the agency itself. Another problem stands out Independent, is the government’s lack of clarity. The project would focus on Rinca Island, which will be turned into a “luxury tourist spot”.
Komodo dragon attacks
Precisely on the island of Rinca, during the past year there was a Komodo dragon attack on a worker of the construction of this new tourist complex. He was seriously injured and the incident brought the controversy around the project, as this species becomes more aggressive if they are disturbed. “They can’t act normal when stressed”, says Aloysius Suhartim Karya, who heads the conservation group Tourism Rescue Society Forum. And although attacks are not very common, they are dangerous: Komodo dragons can reach a speed of 20 kilometers per hour, despite its 70 kilos of average weight and a length of two to three meters.