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New at the Zoo: Komodo Dragons

The world's largest lizard species is now calling Nashville Zoo home.

Guests can now see Komodo Dragons on exhibit in the Unseen New World.

The two lizards, both female, hatched at the Los Angeles Zoo in August 2013. They are currently around two feet long and weigh 2 lbs., but will grow to be over nine feet long and weigh around 200 lbs. in adulthood.

Native to the volcanic islands of Indonesia, Komodo Dragons are carnivorous apex predators, meaning they reside at the top of the food chain having few to no other predators in their environment. They are also known for being efficient eaters, managing to eat 80 percent of their body weight in one meal. As an adult, that’s over 100 lbs. of meat.

Komodo Dragons are listed by the International Union of Conservation of Nature as vulnerable due to habitat loss, loss of prey species, hunting and persecution. Fewer than 2,500 remain in the wild.

At Nashville Zoo, guests can expect to see them in Unseen New World for approximately a year until they are moved off-exhibit while a permanent habitat is designed and constructed.
Posted by Kelsey White at 9:59 AM


8/6/2014 at 06:24 PM by Laura McBride

They are beautiful, both my grand-daughter and I are delighted with this new addition! thank you.

8/7/2014 at 03:21 PM by Dragonflye

I love Komodo Dragons!!!! Can't wait to see them!!!!

8/24/2014 at 04:30 PM by Merry Keyser

We took our grandchildren to see the dragons but could not find them! Two different employees both said that when you go inside the door, turn right and they are immediately there next to the sea horses. They are not there - that is the home of the iguanas! Please give the dragons more publicity and post directions to their home. Thank you.

9/20/2014 at 03:00 PM by Chicadow

they're awesome. go toward the bathroom and they're in a cage on the tight.

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