Komodo dragons are the gorillas of the reptile world – big and charismatic.
They’re magical, muscular and mysterious creatures, but they can also be gentle, curious and love exploring. We lay scent trails to stimulate their natural curiosity and keep their surroundings really interesting for them.
They’re the largest lizards on the planet at over two metres in length and they're also one of the oldest too.
Our Komodo dragon habitat in Dragons in Danger is home to a male, Jantan, and a female, Ora, who both arrived here from Prague Zoo in 2014. They were joined in May 2014 by three female Komodo dragons who arrived from Colchester Zoo.
In 2007 we made international headlines, when Flora – a Komodo dragon which then lived at the zoo – reproduced having never named mated; a process called parthenogenesis. It was the first time this had ever been witnessed in the species and has since helped humans to gain a much deeper understanding of the remarkable animals.