Indonesia - Komodo Dragon

Indonesia - Komodo Dragon

Photo by Ron Magill

In 2010, Zoo Miami contributed funds towards the Komodo Survival Program.  This program aims to incorporate assessments of the populations of Komodo monitors outside the Komodo National Park.  Habitat destruction and prey depletion in these areas have led to a decline in the number of Komodo monitors in these areas but no organized efforts have accurately assessed these impacts.  This program hopes to define the factors that influence theses monitors outside of the national park and devise specific conservation strategies for these adjacent populations.
In 1995, Zoo Miami received a pair of wild born Komodo dragons from Indonesia and successfully reared 27 offspring.  Most of these offspring were dispersed around the world to help establish a viable captive population of this vulnerable species.