- The Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis) is a species of large size lizards.
- It was the driving factor for an expedition to Komodo Island, Indonesia, by W. Douglas Burden, great-grandson of railway magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt, in 1926.
- One specimen lives in captivity in Singapore, Botanic Gardens.
The film made of the first expedition to Komodo Island provided the inspiration for the 1933 movie King Kong.
(Photo credit: Dimitri Udovicki)
Komodo dragon, Singapore, Singapore Botanic Gardens