The Komodo National Park in East Nusa Tenggara has been officially declared one of the “New 7 Wonders of Nature” by the New7Wonders Foundation on Wednesday.
“The success of the Komodo National Park is an inspiring example of how a community could jointly protect species which is nearly extinct,” Bernard Weber, the president of the New7Wonders Foundation, said in a press statement received by Antara on Wednesday.
“By voting for it in such large numbers, the supporters of Komodo Island everywhere have expressed pride in their natural heritage, which is part of the great mosaic that is the world,” Weber added.
Indonesia’s komodo ambassador and chief of the Our Komodo Foundation’s advisory board, Jusuf Kalla, said Komodo Park had drawn more than 200 million votes.
“I thank the Indonesian people that have sent short messages to vote for Komodo,” Kalla said.
The six other new wonders of nature are Halong Bay in Vietnam; Iguazu Falls straddling Argentina and Brazil; Jeju Island in South Korea; Puerto Princesa Underground River in the Philippines, Table Mountain in South Africa and the Amazon rain foresst in South America, whose status is still provisional.