Our work with Komodo dragons

The Komodo dragon is the largest lizard in the world, growing over two metres in length!

They've been around for millions of years, surviving in the tough environments on a number of tiny islands in South East Asia.

This animal is a magnificent species and even though they’re wrinkly and scaly, we think they’re stunning creatures with a deadly bite! They might not look like they can move fast, but they can run up to 11mph in short bursts.

In the wild, their population numbers have declined as a result of poaching and habitat loss, and are classified as vulnerable to extinction on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) list of threatened species.

Learn more about the work we’re doing here at the zoo and in the wild with this amazing animal.

Komodo dragons at Chester Zoo