FILE PHOTO: A Komodo dragon walks at the Komodo National Park in Komodo island, Indonesia's East Nusa Tenggara province October 4, 2011. REUTERS/Beawiharta/File Photo
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Hundreds of Indonesian tourism workers were on strike on Tuesday over a hefty hike in ticket prices to see the country’s famous Komodo dragons, a move the government insists is to preserve the habitat of one of the world’s largest lizards.

The fee to access two of the main islands of the Komodo national park shot up 18 times overnight to 3.75 million rupiah ($252) on August 1, a jump that local workers said would scare of