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Jakarta (VNA) - Indonesia plans to temporarily close its National Park Komodo in a year to increase the population of Komodo dragons and deer in the area.

The plan is under discussion between the Indonesian Ministry Environment and Forestry and the authority of West Nusa Tenggara city.

The main reason for the plan is that the habitat in the park has decreased and the dragons have shrunken in size.

However, the authority said Komodo Island will be temporarily closed, while other islands in the National Park Komodo will remain open to tourists.

The National Park Komodo includes three islands, namely Komodo, Padar and Rinca, and 26 islets.

Established in 1980, the National Park Komodo aims to protect Komodo dragon - the largest lizard in the world. The park was recognised as a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1991. It is now under the management of the Indonesian Ministry Forestry and Environment.

The number of holiday-makers visiting the park has increased from 2010.The Komodo Island welcomes about 100,000 visitors each year.-VNA