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Dragons of Komodo

Colchester Zoo is one of the few zoos in the UK approved to keep komodo dragons and we are fortunate to currently house a number of them. In the past we have had previous breeding success within the EEP breeding programme for this species.

When Komodo dragons are fully grown the males can reach up to 3 metres long!

The Komodo dragon is the largest surviving lizard in the world, averaging a length of 2.1m and they can also can run up to 11 miles an hour in short bursts.

The Komodo dragon is classified as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List and listed on Appendix I of CITES; their number has declined in the wild due to the threat of widespread habitat loss, a loss of prey species and hunting.

Action for the Wild, Colchester Zoo’s charity supports Wae Wuul Nature Reserve Rehabilitation Project in Komodo.


Animals in Dragons of Komodo

Hunting Dogs (Lycaon pictus)
Mammals

Hunting Dogs (Lycaon pictus)

Dragons of Komodo

Area:
Southern and Eastern Africa
Status:
Endangaered
Quick Fact:

Hunting dogs, also known as painted dogs each have their own unique coat pattern, with big round ears. Unlike other dogs hunting dogs only have only four toes per foot.

Hunting dogs are threatened by shrinking space to roam in their African home. They are also quite susceptible to diseases spread by domestic animals.

Komodo Dragon (Varanus komodoensis)
Reptiles

Komodo Dragon (Varanus komodoensis)

Dragons of Komodo

Area:
Indonesian islands of Komodo, Rinca, Gili Motang, Gili Dasami and Flores
Status:
Vulnerable and listed on Appendix I of CITES
Encounter:
12:45
Quick Fact:

The Komodo dragon is classified as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List and listed on Appendix I of CITES; their number has declined in the wild due to the threat of widespread habitat loss, a loss of prey species and hunting.


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