A tourism agency chief in Indonesia has confirmed that Komodo Island - famous for its dragons - will close in 2020 to help rehabilitation and conservation efforts.
East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) Tourism Agency head Wayan Darmawa has told the official Antara news agency, “It is definite; we have decided to close Komodo Island next year.”
Tourists will be encouraged to visit the dragons on nearby Rinca Island.
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is believed to have sanctioned the Komodo Island’s closure.
Despite protests, residents living in Komodo National Park are also being moved out of the area.