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Spring cost to see Komodo dragons, workers strike

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(ANSA) – ROME, AUGUST 02 – Hundreds of Indonesian tourism workers on strike for the exceptional increase in the price of tickets to see the so-called Komodo dragons or monitor lizards, the largest lizards in the world that can reach three meters in height length, 70 kilos in weight and killing large prey with a single poisonous bite: the rate increased by 18 times on Monday night reaching 205 pounds, equal to 244.73 euros per single visitor.

According to the government of Jakarta, the increase is necessary to preserve the unique habitat of the reptile, but for local workers the high cost of the ticket scares tourists and endangers the income of the rangers.

The islands of the Indonesian province of East Nusa Tenggara – where these large monitor lizards live – are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and attracted nearly 222,000 visitors in 2019 alone, before the pandemic arrived.

(HANDLE).

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Source: Ansa

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