IUCN Status: Vulnerable
Where they live: Indonesian islands of Komodo, Flores, Rinca, Gili Motang and Gili Dasami, and Padar (not seen here since the 1970’s but reintroduction is a possibility).
Habitat: Tropical monsoon forest, palm savannah and grasslands.
Size: Up to 3 metres.
Weight: Up to 80kg.
Threats: Habitat loss throughout their entire range. Loss of prey species by widespread poaching of deer; the Komodo dragon’s chief prey source. Hunting and persecution. Fires, set deliberately to encourage new vegetation growth to attract deer for poaching
Scientific name: Varanus komodoensis