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Jakarta Post

NTT rejects plan to relocate Komodo dragons

  • Yemris Fointuna and Panca Nugraha

    The Jakarta Post

Kupang, Mataram   /   Wed, July 29 2009   /  12:54 pm

The provincial administration of East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) has voiced their people's objection to a government plan to relocate 10 Komodo dragons to Bali for a breeding program to help protect the endangered species from extinction. NTT Governor Frans Leburaya conveyed the message of protest in a formal letter to Forestry Minister M.S. Kaban. Kaban earlier issued a decree ordering 10 Komodo dragons be caught and relocated from their endemic habitat in the Wae Wu'ul forest to Bali. "In principle, the provincial administration and people appreciate the central government's initiative for the sake of preventing the Komodo dragons from extinction. However, it should also listen to the aspirations of the people of East Nusa Tenggara," Luburaya said in Kupang on Tuesday. "The provincial administration has sent a formal letter to the forestry minister in the hope he will revi...