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Komodo Island is Closing Because People are Stealing Komodo Dragons and Selling Them for $35K

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To prevent illegal smuggling and selling of their precious and highly endangered Kimodo dragons, the Indonesian government has announced that it will temporarily close down the island of Komodo starting January 2020.

East Nusa Tenggara provincial administration spokesman Marius Jelamud made the announcement during a meeting with the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, according to Tempo. The spokesman added that this closure is expected to stay into effect for at least 12 months.