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About the park

Komodo National Park is a sanctuary for Komodo Dragons, which was established in 1980 and declared as a World Heritage Site and a Man and Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in the year 1986.  It was established to conserve the Komodo Dragons (Varanus komodoensis). The park was first discovered in 1911 by J.K.H. Van Steyn.  Here, you can watch these dragons living their lives on an island where they are all kings in their own habitat.

To get there

By air: Indonesia Air Transport (IAT) & Trans Nusa Airlines (TGN)

By land: Buses or Cars

By sea: Ferry

About Komodo Dragons

The Komodo dragon is a large species of lizard that can be found in the Indonesian islands of Komodo, Rinca, Flores, Gili Motang and Padar. It can grow to as big as 10 ft and weigh up to 70kg. They are considered the “giant” of the island since there are no other carnivorous animals that can beat them in term of size on the islands where they live.

Komodo Island Diving

If you love snorkelling, stop by at Red Beach (Pantai Merah) which is located in front of the old dragon feeding station. There is a village nearby too. The locals are very friendly too, so if you need any information during your visit to the island, feel free to ask them.

Snorkelling here is awesome. Get ready to dive in to as low as 25 metres and witness the beautiful reef that decorates the ocean.


Travelling with your dog


Leaving dog at home is not very pleasant for some dog lovers as they are concern about their dog’s well-care. Some would take their dogs with them when travelling abroad. I personally would travel with my dog too even if it means I will have to travel with responsibilities; I have to take care of it if I choose to take it along with me. If you are going through this dilemma, be sure of what to do. Dogs after all, are almost like little children that need to be given extra attention; the difference is that dogs can take care of themselves better than little children.

Taking your dog for a vacation isn’t a bad thing at all if the whole family enjoys its company. As long as you treat it like a family, your holiday will be a great one! Before you take it out for a vacation, make sure you send your dog to the vet for a check-up; perhaps send it for vaccinations and a groom session. Always bring enough dog food for your dog such as the pedigree. You can buy more at the nearest pet shops in the country of visit. A crate is essential to keep your dog safe in the car and it is required if you are travelling on an airplane. Choose a crate with good quality to ensure your dog gets the best comfort and security. Some airlines will not transport pets during extreme hot and cold weathers, so be sure to ask the airlines first if you wish to travel with your dog.


Like us, dogs also need identification. Failure to do so will cause your dog to get caught by the animal control, so be sure to put on a collar around its neck. The collar must have an identification tag that displays the dog’s name, home phone number, and a valid proof of rabies shots. Another useful tip is to always keep a photo of your dog.

Taking your dog on a car trip would probably excite it, especially when it gets to put out its head out of the car window, where it gets to see the beautiful views and feel the fresh air. But, bear in mind that this could be quite dangerous for both of you. If you are going to let it do that, make sure it is watched carefully to prevent unwanted accidents. Always tell your kids not to annoy the dog while travelling in the car because like humans, dogs can be quite moody sometimes. Nobody likes to be annoyed, so why annoy the dog?

Staying in a hotel would probably be a problem for you as many hotels do not allow pets. Please ask the management first before you book the room. If you are allowed to take your dog with you, make sure that it doesn’t make too much noise as it will distract the other guests. Try not to leave it alone in the room because they would bark when left alone.


Dine in with your dog at the Chew Chew restaurant in Sydney


In Australia, there is a restaurant for all dog lovers out there! ‘Chew Chew’, is a restaurant in Sydney that provides delicious meals for your dogs, from beef steak to fish soup. The restaurant has caught lots of attention and people from all over the country have been taking their dogs for a visit to this unique place to dine. Dogs are behaving more like humans these days; dogs normally drink water but here, you can serve your dogs with coffee or tea for a change! If you live far from this place, don’t worry; you can purchase Chew Chew’s products online.

The restaurant’s owner, Naoko Okamoto, told The Sydney Morning Herald that a lot of dog owners have long for a restaurant like this; this is how they express their appreciation and love for their pets. She said “I started with organic dog biscuits and supplements and selling them at the markets and spent three years finding out the customers’ needs”.


Like them on Facebook today! p/s they also have parties for your pets=p

Bears around the world

1. The Sun bear

The Sun bear that lives in Brunei stands approximately 1.2 m in length and it is known for being the smallest member of the bear family; therefore sometimes called the ‘dog bear’ and probably the most aggressive of the bear family. It will attack without provocation. So, you should not mess with this bear. The Sun bear is also called “honey bear”. If you think that you can upset this bear and then later make your way up on the tree, you better think again; this bear is a good climber and it stays long periods in trees, and one good reason for this is it procures honey from the hives.

2. Polar bear

ImageYes, looks can be deceiving; so, never judge a book by its cover. The Polar Bear may look adorable and innocent, since it’s cute and looks almost harmless, with soft and beautiful white fur but don’t let it fool you. This bear is an amazing killer and it is the most aggressive in the bear family. This predator lives in one of the coldest places in the planet and it feeds on seals. It is a carnivore and would consume carcasses, such as dead whales or anything dead on the ice.

3. Grizzly Bear

ImageThe Grizzly bear is one of the biggest in the bear family and it is different from the black bears. You can see a distinctive hump on its shoulder. This bear has long claws and they are about the size of a human finger! In general, they have brown fur but can vary from very light cream to black. Grizzly bears are omnivores; they eat both vegetation and animals. Basically, they feed on fish from the nearest river. But, in certain areas some Grizzly bears actually eat moose and elk! They can be found in dense forests, subalpine meadows and arctic tundra. They are mostly found in western Canada, Alaska, Washington, and Montana. There were some cases of fatal events involving this bear. The best thing to do when you see one is to ‘play dead’ and hope it goes away. That is the only way to survive from a Grizzly, especially a pissed-off Grizzly bear.

4. Panda Bear


The Panda Bear is well-known for its black and white colour, especially the round black patches around its eyes! This bear lives in south western China and it loves the bamboo. Basically, the bamboo is its main diet (99%); however, it also eats other grasses, wild tubers, or even meat in the form of birds, rodents or carrion when it lives in the wild. In captivity, pandas may receive honey, eggs, fish, yams, oranges, and bananas along with specially prepared food. Sounds like a pampered bear, I say? Pandas are loved by everyone and they are the friendliest bear compared to their cousins. However, this species is threatened due to deforestation, making it as a protected animal by WWF.

5. American Black Bear


The black bear’s habitats range from the far northern tundra of Canada and Alaska to the forests of Central America and Mexico. They have small eyes, long noses, round ears and a short tail.  The males are bigger than the females. These bears love termites, bees, and moths. They also consume fruits and honey. Most bears prefer to eat carrion, especially after hibernation as they need lots of protein to gain back their energies. Likewise, do not attempt to provoke these bears; they rarely attack humans but do watch your back to avoid troubles. One thing for sure, these bears are very protective towards their cubs.

Visit Brunei today!


If you’re planning to visit Brunei, get on board with The Brunei River! Explore the water village & capital city of Brunei. You get to check out its modern development & the simple life of the water villagers. This River Safari will also pass by The Sultan of Brunei’s palace. You’ll probably get the opportunity to witness the blue-throated & small red kingfishers, catching small fishes! The River Safari will make a few stops under the mangrove trees & check out for the local proboscis monkey that usually comes near the water in the early morning & dusk. They have large bright pendulous nose, which would probably paint a big smile on your face. These monkeys can be found in Borneo & Sumatra of Indonesia.

Animals that make our eyes wide-opened!

There are many weird looking animals in this planet; some are adorable and some may look odd. These unique animals caught my attention and I would love to share some cool facts about them:

1. Komondor dog


When I first saw this picture, the first thing that came across my mind was ‘Bob Marley”. This dog is called the Komondor dog and a male Komondor can grow up to 30 inches tall, making it one of the biggest common breeds of dog. Its dreadlock fur is long, soft, and thick; it almost looks like a mop! Komondor owners would have to bath and maintain its fur to ensure that it maintains its white coat colour. Damn, this dog is so adorable! I wonder whats hiding under that white coat? =p

2. The Angora rabbit


The Angora rabbit is a domestic rabbit and bred for its long, soft hair. This Turkish rabbit was a pet of the French royalty in the mid 1700s, and was spread to other parts of Europe by the end of the century. Due to its soft fur, its fur is used to make long wool. This is done by simply shearing or plucking its soft fur.

3. The sloth


If I happen to walk behind someone who walks as slow as a sloth, trust me, I would take out my book and start reading. This animal moves slowly on the tree and it can spend its whole time moving from one place to another. They live in Central and South America and they eat both insects and leaves.

4. Proboscis monkey


The proboscis monkey is found in Borneo and Sumatera and they are known as “Monyet Belanda” or “Dutch Monkey”. Check out its long pendulous nose and big belly! Look at its long legs, “I’m sexy and I know it”

5. The aye-aye


Do you know what an “aye-aye” is? The aye-aye is a lemur and it lives in Madagascar. However, it may not look as good as its cousin, the black and white lemur. This animal has rodent-like teeth and a middle finger to fill the same niche as a woodpecker. It uses its middle finger to pull out grubs out from the hole.

6. The Blob fish


Yes, I am thinking what you are thinking; it looks weird and funny. It’s so amazing how creatures like this actually exist! This animal is called the blob fish (Psychrolutes marcidus) and it is a fish that inhabits the deep waters off the coasts of Australia and Tasmania. We don’t really get to see this animal due to the inaccessibility of its habitat. You are pretty lucky if you can capture a picture of it!

7. The Shoebill stork


The Shoebill is a tall bird, with height of 120 cm tall and has a huge, bulbous bill of about 19 cm long! The sharp edges in the mandibles help it to decapitate its prey and also to discard the vegetation after the prey has been caught. It has a beak that looks like a shoe and this bird is believed to be an ancient bird known by the Arabs & Egyptians. The Arabs called it “Abu Markub”.

8. Angler Fish


The Angler fish is an ugly and angry looking fish in my dictionary. It looks traumatised; I wonder why it looks atrocious all the time! This fish has a glowing “fishing rode” in front of it. What’s unique about this fish is that the male angler fish actually feeds on the female’s ex-uterus until he eventually loses his eyeballs, then internal organs and finally his life. What a creepy sexual intercourse! This fish lives in the deep sea and hides from predators.

9. Star-nosed mole


Did you know that the Star nosed mole has a weird looking nose that looks like a star? That was how it got its name! It can withstand severe cold and feeds on high protein food such as worms and snails.

10. Mata-mata


A mata mata is a freshwater turtle that lives around the Amazon and Orinoco basins in South America. These unique turtles spent most of their time in the water, especially in shallow water, where they can easily reach their head out of water to breathe. The mata-mata feeds on fish and they are harmless to humans. They are very sensitive to pollutants.

Animals we love

1. Orang Utans


The Orang Utan can be found in Asia and it lives in the rainforest of Borneo and Sumatra. These loving animals are divided into 2 species: the Bornean orang utan amd the Sumatran orang utan. They live on the trees most of the time. These reddish-brown monkeys come in different appearance and sizes. They are the most solitary amongst the great apes species, with social bonds occurring primarily between the orang utans’ mothers and their dependent offspring. The orang utans babies normally stay with their mothers for at least 2 years. Orang Utans love to eat fruit and vegetables. This species can live up to 30 years. Pretty old for an animal, huh? If you have never seen real orang utans & would love to see them, do pay them a visit. Trust me, they will love you.

2. Koalas


The Koala is known for its myths and legends. It was often killed for its soft and delicate fur, and currently, most of them are being killed by cars and dogs each year. This adorable animal can live up to 17 years, however most of the male koalas in Australia could not live that long as they are exposed to injuries from fights, dogs, and cars. This animal doesn’t do much; it loves to sleep and can take as much as 75% of its time for sleeping! P/S they can bark too.

3. The lion


The lion species is one of the four big cats in the genus Panthera, and it is a member of the Felidae family. This animal can weigh up to 250kg and it is the second largest big cat after the tiger. This king of the jungle is, however, endangered by intolerant and selfish hunters. Some of the lions were captured and taken out from its natural habitat.

4. Lemur of Madagascar


If you have seen the cartoon Madagascar, I’m sure you are familiar with the black and white lemurs! The lemur looks like a combination of a dog, cat, and squirrel. It is unique and beautiful in its own way; this animal can sing like a whale! Since the island of Madagascar is isolated from the humans, this animal lives freely with its fellow primates.

5. The Porcupine


The porcupine comes from the rodent family and it is known as “quill pig” in Latin. This animal has soft hair and they look harmless, but likewise, never judge a book by its cover. Whenever this animal feels threatened, it will show its infamous quills. They are very sharp and dangerous. If you don’t want to get into trouble, let’s be nice to it, shall we? This animal can be found in North and South America. It may not be a professional climber like the monkey, but it is undeniably a good climber; so don’t be shock to find them on the trees!

6. Polar bears


Looks innocent and harmless; but don’t get fooled by this dangerous Antarctic predator. Polar bears spend most of their time at sea and they feed on seals and fishes. If you think Grizzly bears are dangerous, wait till’ you see the polar bears.

7. The Platypus


The Platypus is a semi-aquatic mammal that looks like a duck and a beaver. Did you know that it is one of the few venomous mammals? The male Platypus has a spur on the hind foot that delivers a poison that is capable of causing severe pain to humans. Never mess with a platypus!

8. Panda Bears


Panda bear eats shoots and leaves. Yes, there is a joke about this adorable and loving animal. Here is a joke to conclude today’s topic on Animals we love. Enjoy!

The Panda joke:

A panda bear walks into a bar and orders a sandwich. The waiter brings him the sandwich. The panda bear eats it, pulls out a pistol, kills the waiter, and gets up and starts to walk out.

The bartender yells for him to stop. The panda bear asks, “What do you want?” The bartender replies, “First you come in here, order food, kill my waiter, then try to go without paying for your food.”

The panda bear turns around and says, “Hey! I’m a Panda. Look it up!” The bartender goes into the back room and looks up panda bear in the encyclopaedia, which read: “Panda: a bear-like marsupial originating in Asian regions. Known largely for it’s stark black and white colouring. Eats shoots and leaves.”

Let’s go to the Perth’s zoo!

The Perth Zoo is open from 9 am to 5 pm every day. Smoking is not allowed in this zoo and you will get to see all kinds of wildlife there. You can even apply to be a zoo volunteer!  If you love animals so much, why don’t adopt one?

Adopting animal is fun after all; you’ll get to understand animals better. Although you can adopt one, that does not mean you can take one home! Your animal will still live in the zoo, but always remember that when you adopt an animal, you are supporting the zoo and its main purpose, which is to secure long term populations of animal species and also natural environments. You can adopt an animal for a year and the package includes a personalized certificate with a photo of your adopted animal and also a subscription to News Paws magazine.

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