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Why we must reassess the komodo dragon's "Endangered" status

By Jatna Supriatna, Professor of Conservation Biology, Universitas Indonesia
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The Indonesian endemic world’s largest lizard komodo dragons (Varanus komodoensis) recently entered the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) list of “Endangered” species, marking it as having high risk of extinction.

This announcement is quite shocking. Neither I nor other academics in the field of conservation - who are also IUCN members - from Indonesia were invited to discuss the reassessment of the komodo dragons status. Only taxonomists from Indonesia…

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