We need to talk about the current situation with Komodo dragons

Here's a headline you probably thought you'd never read

Naga, a komodo dragon at the Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia (Cameron Spencer/Getty Images).
Naga, a komodo dragon at the Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia (Cameron Spencer/Getty Images). (Getty Images)

We hope you weren’t planning a trip to Indonesia any time soon, hoping to steal a peek at some Komodo dragons.

Because people are actually stealing Komodo dragons. And this is why we can’t have nice things -- or plan nice trips, in this case.

This information has been public for a few months now: [ Indonesia's famed Komodo Island may close for 1 year ], but we're continuing to learn more about the situation.

And we can't help but wonder: Do most people know about this?

In looking into this story, here are some of the things we learned:

  • Komodo dragons got their name because they come from an island called Komodo.
  • That island is going to close to tourists next year, because people keep taking the Komodo dragons.
  • Some criminals are even trying to sell, or they're actually selling, the scary-looking creatures on an international black market for 500 million rupiahs apiece, which translates to just more than $35,120 in U.S. dollars, according to published reports. Think about what you could buy with that much money!

If you’re scratching your head right now, you’re not alone. As a brief author’s note, I can't help but think that someone could come to my house offering me a free komodo dragon -- and a handler! -- and I still wouldn’t accept. I mean, it looks like a dinosaur.

Would you want one?


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