Komodo Museum in Taman Mini Indonesia Indah is a one-of-a-kind museum since it highlights the endemic reptiles and amphibians in Indonesia.
One of the endemic reptiles from Indonesia is the Komodo. Today, this magnificent reptile is an endangered species. They live in four islands that are parts of the Komodo National Park. Yes, they can swim to travel between these four islands!
In 1910, P.A. Ouwens, the curator of Zoology Museum Bogor, received the first report on the sightings of Komodo. It mentioned a new species of Varanus (commonly known as monitor lizard) in the Lesser Sunda Islands. The locals called it "Buaya Darat" (Land Crocodile in English). Today we know it as the Komodo.
The scientists predicted that the evolution of Varanus started 40 million years ago when they migrated from Asia to Australia. Then they moved to Indonesia around 15 million years ago. But they evolved into the Komodo we see today around 4 million years ago. Today you can see the komodo in their native habitat in Komodo Island in the Lesser Sunda Islands (in the province of Nusa Tenggara Timur). Or, you can see them in Komodo Museum and Reptile Park in Taman Mini Indonesia Indah, Jakarta.
You will easily spot the Komodo Museum due to its shape. It looks like a giant komodo.
The Komodo Museum and Reptile Park specialize in the reptiles and amphibians found in Indonesia. Inside the Komodo Museum, you will see lots of preserved reptiles and amphibians.
As soon as you enter the museum, white shelves protected with glass dominated the walls. Most of the preserved exhibits are on these shelves. I was surprised to know there are so many kinds of tortoises, turtles, frogs, monitors, geckos, and snakes indigenous of Indonesia.
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Turtles have existed since the Jura period (145-208 million years ago). It means they were as ancient as the dinosaurs!
Although many of the displays are on the shelves, there are some dioramas. The dioramas are for the frogs that look so small, but they are cute, and some have a beautiful skin color.
The Komodo Museum rises in the middle of Reptile Park. The ticket you buy is valid to enter both the museum and the reptile park. Of course, the highlight of the reptile park is the Komodo. Unfortunately, I couldn't meet them because they were visiting their vet. Nevertheless, there are other reptiles, such as tortoises, monitor lizards, and snakes. Every snake and lizard live in their cages that line up at the back of the reptile park.
In the corner of the reptile park, there is an enclosed garden. It is called "Taman Sentuh" (Touch Garden in English), where you can touch and take pictures with a tortoise, crocodile, iguana, or snake.
Besides Komodo Museum, there are 17 other museums in Taman Mini Indonesia Indah. Plus, many more endemic animals from Indonesia you can see in the Bird Park, Fresh Water World, and Butterfly Garden. Don't miss riding on the cable car to see the stunning view of Taman Mini Indonesia Indah from above :)
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