Google designed a special Doodle to celebrate the 37th anniversary of Komodo National Park in Indonesia. The Doodle has been inspired by the largest living lizard species on Earth, the Komodo dragon.
The Komodo National park is situated right in the center of Indonesia, between the islands Sumbawa and Flores. It was established in 1980 as a conservation site for the Komodo dragons, which have been dwelling in the region for millions of years.
Six years after its founding, the national park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a Biosphere Reserve. Right now, around 5,700 huge lizards populate the Indonesian volcanic islands. Their conservation is vital for evolutionary scientists, as this is the only place on Earth that they inhabit.
Initially, the Komodo National Park was created to preserve the dragon populations but, since then it expanded and started hosting other species as well, such as the Timor deer, which is the main food source for the Komodo dragon, or 72 species of birds.
The park spreads across the islands of Komodo, Rinca, and Padar, as well as many other smaller islands, making up a total surface of 1,817 square kilometers. The entire surface is home for 1,000 fish species, 260 coral species, 70 sponge and shark species, and 14 whale, dolphin, and sea turtle species.
Komodo dragons are up to 10 feet long and they can reach more than 300 pounds. They are the dominant predator species in the national park and they eat pigs, water buffalos, and smaller dragons. They have some bacteria in their saliva that poisons the prey that manages to escape from their jaws.
The Google Doodle is meant to celebrate the evolution of the Komodo dragon and how it came to dominate the national park. The Doodle features some animations which are followed by five questions that test your knowledge of the animals.
At the end of the quiz, Google recommends you some search suggestions that will inform you about Komodo National Park and Komodo dragons. The blog post that accompanies the Doodle informs us that Komodo dragons are still what the park is best well-known for, despite the fact that it is populated by many other animal species.
Here’s to many other happy years of existence of a habitat away from human interference where animals can be preserved and live in peace.
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