Animal

A Komodo dragon in Singapore, Botanic Gardens

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(Photo credit: Dimitri Udovicki)


  • 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.