"There is a divide in the woods and I took the one not taken. I know, that's the difference." Translation of a fragment of a poem by the poet Robert Frost "The Road Not Taken" was attached to the way of life Deni Purwandana, the only active researchers dragons ("Varanus komodoensis"), who had spent time in Komodo National Park, Flores, East Nusa Tenggara, almost decade. P>Â
Bertemu with direct Deni is a rare opportunity. He is so much more out in the woods in the Komodo National Park (KNP) than in Labuan Bajo or in Denpasar, Bali. Two places it into a recapitulation of field research data.
"Usually in the woods. But this happened to be a break to recapitalize the data field before returning to the forest," said Dean in pemondokannya in Loh Liang, Komodo Island, Komodo National Park area.
Like a building, amid great fanfare the government invitation to make dragons and Komodo National Park as one of the new wonders of the world, Chris is one of the "cornerstone". Komodo Survival Program-Through cooperation with a number of colleagues with Deni KNP Association funded European Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) - it calculates dragon populations, researching food availability and environmental conditions in the KNP. He then make recommendations related to the actual conditions.
"I saw The New 7 Wonders event that challenges us. Worrying too if it turns out we were not prepared, both in terms of maintenance of dragons, infrastructure, human resources as well," said Dean.
Throughout 2009, there were 36 431 tourists visited KNP. Of that amount, more than 95 percent are foreign tourists, mostly from Europe, such as Holland, France, Germany, and Belgium. Total tourist expenditure per year in the region reached USD 185 billion. In terms of country of origin, it is clear to TNK travelers are special tourist nature enthusiasts, especially wildlife and adventure. This may be a benchmark as well as guidance for the development of tourism in the region, including efforts to protect the habitat of the Komodo dragon.
Deni research involved dragons in Komodo National Park since 2001. When he had just graduated from the Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, University of Udayana, Bali. Lecturers, experts dragons Italian, Claudio Ciofi, who is being held in the KNP study offered purely research activities. Deni did not get paid.
Fall in love
Deni arrives at the peak of the dry KNP. TNK is parched challenged him to discover. The first experience that is actually made him fall in love with dragons. Research continues on a timescale of 1-3 years financed a number of foreign donors. KNP donors and sharing data about dragons and their habitat.
"It must do continuous monitoring because it concerns the nation's assets. I dream of a time we did this activity independently. Actually we are capable of, but kepentok the limitations of the system and the absence of a budget," said Deni.
Deni job requires physical and mental readiness, and exceptional durability. Then what underlies all that happen? "Call," the answer. "It's something that is rare, either from the object of research, where, until his chance. Moreover, this exists and belongs to Indonesia."
When monitoring, Deni had to walk away, at least 6-20 kilometers every day. He had to carry the trap that weighs at least 10 pounds, not including meat (usually mutton / beef foul) to feed the dragons, and other supplies.
Deni had arrested 1,000 dragons to be the object of research. One of the largest is the komodo dragon weighs 100 pounds, with a length of 3.8 meters and a circumference of 68 cm tail. He was grateful to have never experienced serious injury in performing their duties. "Do not get bitten, just ever so slightly injured as nails stuck," he said.
Dean uses the latest methods of research, multiple Macri capture, which combines recent data with previous data to see the latest population dragons. Completion of the methods that should be done, given the dragons are wild animals with scattered coverage in TNK which covers 40 728 hectares and 132,572 hectares of marine waters.
Prior to 2003, Dean was still using extrapolation methods to obtain data Komodo dragon populations. The method using hanging a bait at certain points, to calculate the number of dragons that look at a particular time. It turns out the low accuracy of this method.
Therefore, starting in 2003, changed the method by capturing, marking, and took off again. The advantages of this method is no repetition, well known to the growth rate. Of the method was then developed multiple methods Macri capture.
Dean is still trying to finalize the last population study conducted from 2009. 2008 data shows, the population of the three largest islands in the Komodo dragon, the Komodo Island (33 937 acres, estimated population 1,200 dragons tail), Rinca (19,627 hectares, 1,100 animals), and Padar Island (2,017 acres, was thought to be uninhabited dragons). In addition, a small island, Gili Mota Island, still occupied approximately 100 individuals dragons.
Amid optimism on tourism TNK, Dean recognizes the region's vulnerability, dragons and their habitat, including the effect of the climate change phenomenon. Therefore, he opposes any efforts to transfer dragons. One of them is ever under consideration is the removal of some of Wae Wuul Komodo, Flores, Bali to the grounds of genetic purification.
"Do not move, better care and keep it in the original habitat. Population is getting less," said Dean. e-ti
Sources: Reuters, January 7, 2011 | Author: Benny D Koestanto and Rose Kusuma Month