The real-life version of Godzilla, the Komodo dragon, is now an endangered species and experts believe the species is on the brink of extinction.
Recently, the largest lizard in the world had been moved from a vulnerable species to an endangered one one on the International Union for Preservation of Nature’s Red List. Last week, a conservation report organization revealed how bad the situation has become for the Komodo dragon.
Komodo dragons, die can grow up up to 10 feet long, have poisonous saliva and can take easily down a water buffalo, they live alone in Indonesia in the Komodo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and on a few nearby islands. They are a protected species and are rare in Contact with people, with only a few documented attacks on people.
So why is the species? in danger? Climate change.
the IUCN says rising temperatures and sea levels are to blame, as they expect the dragons to have a suitable habitat space to be reduced “met at least 30% in the next 45 years.” As for some of the creatures die life on the unprotected nearby island of Flores, human activity has resulted in significant habitat loss, as well as hunting for the same food sources.
The expected Komodo dragon population decline in coming decades as the IUCN estimates approximately 1,380 adults and 2,000 youth remain. In 1994, The New York Times estimated there were 5,000-8,000 in to exist.
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“The idea that these prehistoric animals have moved one step closer to extinction in part in climate change is terrifying,” Andrew Terry, conservationist director of the Zoological Society of London, said in a statement.
Has the population indeed decline, the Komodo dragon would enter the critically endangered level before being declared extinct in the wild. Some zoos across the road world house Komodo dragons.
The report of the IUCN also including that 37% of the sharks and rays the organization Keep up of to be also being threatened with become extinct. In general, the organization says over 38,500 species are facing become extinct.
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