Make Way for Dragons

May 23, 2014

For the first time since the 1950s there are Komodo dragons in the Bronx! The world's largest lizards are on display in Zoo Center in the newly opened "Amazing Monitors" exhibit.

The Bronx Zoo is now home to dragons — Komodo dragons, that is, the largest and heaviest lizards in the world. The animals, which can weigh over 300 pounds and reach more than nine feet in length when grown, are already awing visitors at the Zoo Center building.

What enables these lizards to get so big? Komodo dragons have no predators aside from man, and loads of food available in their natural habitat, on islands in Indonesia. These circumstances allow them to grow and grow.

Komodos are also built for hunting, equipped with a highly developed sense of smell that gives them an advantage over prey. Scientists even think the lizards may have venom in their saliva.

Komodo dragons still face threats, though. They have to compete with humans for both space and prey and, with fewer than 5,000 left in the wild, they are now classified as Vulnerable. To help secure the animals’ future, WCS leads the Komodo dragon Species Survival Plan and supports the Komodo Survival Program in Indonesia.

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