March 23, 2009

32 Komodo dragons born at Indonesia zoo

Thirty-two Komodo dragons have been born at a zoo in the Indonesian city of Surabaya, a zoo official said Monday.

Surabaya Zoo spokesman Agus Pangkat said the Komodo dragon births all took place at the Indonesian tourist site during the past two weeks, The Jakarta Post said.

The birth of the endangered animals, along with the presence of 14 unhatched eggs at the zoo, represented the zoo's best breeding year for Komodo dragons, Agus said

The Komodo dragon is a species of lizard.

The arrival of the 32 newborns brings the Komodo population at the zoo to 66.

Experts believe there are fewer than 4,000 of the rare animals in the wild globally.

The Post said Komodo dragons, which live in the woods on certain eastern Indonesian islands, can reach up to 10 feet in length and weigh up to 150 pounds.