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2014-09-09 08:26:26

GILI AIR, Indonesia, Sept. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- We ensure that the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) at Oceans 5 Dive Resort in Gili Air, Indonesia gives you more than just an instructor certification. We focus on helping you to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence you will use daily in your career as an instructor. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140909/144300Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140909/144299 Learning to teach diving is a bit...

2014-09-05 00:20:25

HONG KONG, Sept. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- News Reporting : September 3, 2014, President : Mr. Dato'Tan Lung LaiCEO: Mr. Nick SpraySecretary: Mr Tan Po HwaTravel Agency & Hotel GM: Mr. Jacky Li Of Asia Travel Corporation, as well as others from the Tourism Associations all around the world, came together, formally launching www.asiaonlinetravel.com in Bali Nusa Dua Convention Centre, Bali, Indonesia. Asia Travel Corporation (OTC QB: ATSR) was founded in 2011 with its...

2014-08-05 23:11:25

A battle is raging in beautiful Bali between locals and developers over a protected lagoon, and Turf Feeding Systems, a Texas fertigation company, offers a Sustainable solution. Houston, Texas (PRWEB) August 05, 2014 Bali, Indonesia is in a resort development boom with over 10 million tourists expected to visit the island this year. Tourism is Bali’s number one industry and the growth continues to fill every hotel. Sixty-seven new hotels are planned to be built with land being in high...

Female Komodo Dragons Life Span Is Shorter Than Males Due To Extreme 'Housework'
2012-10-18 10:58:01

An international team of researchers has found that female Komodo Dragons live half as long as males on average, seemingly due to their physically demanding 'housework' such as building huge nests and guarding eggs for up to six months. The results provide important information on the endangered lizards' growth rate, lifestyle and population differences, which may help plan conservation efforts. The Komodo dragon is the world's largest lizard. Their formidable body size enables them to...

Winners Of Controversial Natural Wonders Poll Announced
2011-11-13 05:36:01

The Amazon, Vietnam's Halong Bay, South America's Iguazu Falls, Jeju Island in South Korea, Komodo Island in Indonesia, the Philippines' Puerto Princesa Underground River, and Table Mountain in South Africa have been named the new seven wonders of nature. These seven landmarks beat out others, including the Grand Canyon, the Galapagos Islands, the Great Barrier Reef, Mount Vesuvius, and the Dead Sea in what USA Today reporter Laura Bly called "a controversial global popularity poll"...

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2009-12-07 10:01:22

Singapore Zoo has productively bred the extremely-scarce Komodo dragon, officials announced Monday, adding that the rare baby was healthy and happy. The 16-inch infant is the first Komodo born anywhere that is not Indonesia, the native land of the lizard, a spokeswoman for the zoo said to the AFP. The assistant director of zoology, Biswajit Guha, said the breeding of a Komodo dragon "is one of the most significant moments" for the Asian zoo, a highly popular spot in Singapore. Successful...

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2009-05-25 06:10:00

The notorious Komodo dragon has sharp teeth and its venom kills within hours of a bite. However, Indonesian villagers living with the world's biggest lizard were not concerned, until the dragons started hurting people. Two people were killed in 2007, and others were terribly hurt after being bitten maliciously. Main, a 46-year-old park ranger, was in his hut at Komodo National Park when a komodo bit his ankles under his desk. After the ranger tried to pull his ankle from the dragon's jaws, it...

2008-09-05 00:00:12

By Kathy Marks THE KOMODO dragon, a giant carnivorous lizard that feasts on water buffalo and occasionally even attacks humans, is disappearing from its limited habitat, zoologists have warned. The dragons, which grow to 10ft long and weigh as much as 26st, are found only on Komodo and a handful of neighbouring islands in central Indonesia. Already endangered, their numbers are dwindling as a result of habitat destruction and hunting of their prey. An expedition by Indonesian and...

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2008-04-14 10:15:00

The fearsome Komodo dragon is the world's largest living lizard and can take very large animal prey: now a new international study has revealed how it can be such an efficient killing machine despite having a wimpy bite and a featherweight skull.A member of the goanna family with ancestors dating back more than 100 million years, the dragon (Varanus komodoensis) uses a combination of 60 razor-sharp serrated teeth, powerful neck muscles and what researchers are calling a "space-frame" skull to...

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2006-12-20 15:40:00

By MARIA CHENG, AP Medical Writer CHESTER, England - In an evolutionary twist, Flora the Komodo dragon has managed to become pregnant all on her own without any male help. She is carrying seven baby Komodo dragons. "We were blown away when we realized what she'd done," said Kevin Buley, a reptile expert at Flora's home at the Chester Zoo in this town in northern England. "But we certainly won't be naming any of the hatchlings Jesus." Other reptile species reproduce asexually in a process...


Latest Lesser Sunda Islands Reference Libraries

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2008-11-25 22:03:15

The Spotted Harrier (Circus assimilis), also known as the Smoke Hawk, is a large bird of prey that is found in Sulawesi, the Lesser Sunda Islands and is sparsely distributed throughout mainland Australia. It inhabits open country, especially in arid and semiarid regions. The Spotted Harrier has gray upperparts, chestnut facial disc and a dark rump. The wingspan is 14.75 to 18.5 inches long. Females are larger than males. Its diet consists of ground birds, rabbits, rodents and lizards. It...

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2006-10-19 13:09:29

The Yellow-crested Cockatoo, Cacatua sulphurea, is a medium-sized cockatoo inhabitant to wooded and cultivated areas of Timor-Leste and Indonesia's islands of Bali, Timor, Sulawesi and Lesser Sunda Islands. There is also a feral population of these birds in Hong Kong. The large group has apparently developed from a number of caged birds that have been released into the wild over many years. The Yellow-crested Cockatoo is about 13.75 inches long. It has all-white feathers, bluish bare...

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2005-06-15 17:26:29

The Komodo Dragon (Varanus komodoensis) is the largest lizard in the world, growing to a length of about 10 feet (3 meters) and weighing between 175 to 310 lb (80 and 140 kg). It is a member of the monitor lizard family, Varanidae. Dragons have keen senses and are considered among the most intelligent living reptiles. They are carnivorous, hunting live prey with a stealthy approach followed by a sudden short charge (they can run briefly at speeds up to 20 km/h). They have a strong bite...

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malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'