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Indonesia postpones Komodo dragon park's $250 fee until 2023

Foreign visitors faced 25-fold admission hike, sparking tourism industry pushback

Komodo dragons, the world's largest lizards, are now classified as an endangered species.   © Reuters

JAKARTA -- Indonesia has postponed a sharply higher admission fee for its world-famous Komodo National Park through the end of the year, a tourism ministry official revealed Tuesday, after drawing strong opposition from locals reliant on tourism.

The fee hike is intended to help preserve the habitat of the world's largest lizards, Komodo dragons, now classified as an endangered species, by curbing the number of visitors.

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