José Javier Delgado Esteban

Photographer
Komodo Dragons of Rinca Island
Location: Spain
Nationality: Spanish
Biography: I am a multi award-winning visual artist, photographer and new media developer. Throughout my early professional life in Spain I developed a strong interest in all aspects of photography, moving image, environmental, space sciences and natural... MORE
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Komodo Dragons of Rinca Island
Copyright José Javier Delgado Esteban 2024
Updated Nov 2020
Topics Animal trafficking, Animals, Black and White, Endangered species, Environment, Fauna, Photography, Wildlife
The Komodo Monitor Dragon, Varanus komodoensis, is the biggest lizard on the planet reaching put 3 metres in length and a weight of around 70 kilos.

It lives in a small group of Indonesian islands part of the Komodo National Park. Incredible rare in other reptiles the Komodo Dragons will hunt and ambush together much larger prey than themselves such as the water buffalos that inhabit these islands.

In December 2019 while the Indonesian government was considering the permanent closure of the park we were able to spend 10 days in the island of Flores. After several failed attempts to capture the dragons in Komodo island, Komodo dragon unlike the stories of man eating monster are actually incredibly shy and attacks on humans are very rare. 

On the last day of our stay before leaving we were able to document a water buffalo hunt by a group of large dragons in the island of Rinca with the assistance of a knowledgeable local guy.

There are only around 3,000 dragons left in the wild.
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