In July, Indonesian authorities announced that the island of Komodo would close for one year, starting in January 2020, to curb the detrimental effects of overtourism. Now, however, that closure has been canceled. As it turns out, tourism is not impacting the island’s Komodo dragons as was previously believed.
According to Nurbaya Bakar, Indonesia’s environment and forestry minister, “[The number of] Komodo dragons on Komodo island during 2002 to 2019 observations has been relatively stable. There is no threat of a decline.”