Guest Post

L.K. Mitchell, author of Keeper of Directions, recently asked me to do a guest post on her blog, Pocketful of Charms, and tell her YA readers a little about Komodo dragons. Here is the post if you’d like to check it out.

Billy Bob: anti-Tater Tot.

  Just as Keith Richards’ Life hit the clearance rack, the next celebrity memoir has come to town. This one is courtesy of Billy Bob Thornton and according to the Chicago Sun-Times, Thornton has some strong opinions about–what else?–Komodo dragons. Naturally. “I don’t even want them in the world, that’s the fact of the matter,” . . . 

Komodo National Park, serving up the wonder

It’s official. Komodo National Park has now been named one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. The title alone makes you ponder what happened to the old seven wonders. Were they not so wonderful anymore? It seems they just weren’t capturing enough of a revenue stream. The New 7 Wonders Foundation cites a study . . . 

Not a symbol, but an asset.

Last April, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Chinese President Hu Jintao agreed to exchange panda bears for Komodo dragons as a symbol of their countries’ closer relations. My first thought was to hope that the pandas didn’t get sent to the Surabaya death camp, er, I mean, zoo. My second reaction was a general mental . . . 

Controversy in Komodo National Park

There’s been rumors of dragon smuggling out of Komodo National Park for years; juvenile Komodos can fetch as much as $4,500 each in the exotic animal trade. This is in a country where the average citizen makes $8,000 a year. And though I’ve always known about the excellent diving in the park, mainly due to . . .