Jakarta-Palembang 2011
Mascot Jakarta-Palembang 2011

Komodo Lizards have been living in the Eastern parts of the Indonesian archipelago for millions of years. Yet, humans only noticed their existence about a century ago. Capable of reaching sizes of up to three meters and weighing 130 kilograms, the komodo is the largest existing lizard today. Apart from their gigantic size, the komodo lizard is recognizable by its flat-shaped head; round nose; rough skin; large, bent feet; and a long but burly tail.

So far the Komodo population has been somewhat stable, with numbers reaching 3.000 to 5.000 on Komodo Island, Gila Motang, Rinca, and Flores. Unfortunately, as females are experiencing troubles in incubating their eggs, and due to smuggling, human-related distortions, and various natural disasters, the lizzards are on the brink of exitinction.

It is because of their decreasing numbers, and because komodos are a source of  national pride, Modo and Modi, the SEA Games 2011 mascots were created. As the SEA Games mascots, Modo and Modi are depicted as hard working, fair, gentle, friendly, and very good-spirited.

All these positive characters represent Indonesia’s heart and soul, and is expected to be the foundation for building a harmonious relationship and cooperation with other SEA Games participating countries.