Humans first discovered Komodo Dragons in 1910 in the Lesser Sunda group islands of Indonesia. Although fossils indicate that Komodo Dragons have existed for approximately 3.8 million years, there were no official records of the lizard until Dutch Lieutenant van Steyn van Hensbroek killed one in Indonesia and sent the specimen to a zoology museum, where it was determined to be a newly discovered lizard species. The Komodo Dragon population is estimated to be around 3,000 to 5,000, according to 2014 figures. It is considered an endangered species because of poaching, natural disasters, human activity, and a decline in females laying eggs.
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