December 7, 2009

Komodo Dragon Successfully Bred In Singapore Zoo

Singapore Zoo has productively bred the extremely-scarce Komodo dragon, officials announced Monday, adding that the rare baby was healthy and happy.

The 16-inch infant is the first Komodo born anywhere that is not Indonesia, the native land of the lizard, a spokeswoman for the zoo said to the AFP.

The assistant director of zoology, Biswajit Guha, said the breeding of a Komodo dragon "is one of the most significant moments" for the Asian zoo, a highly popular spot in Singapore.

Successful breeding of the dragons in zoos "is fraught with difficulties due to incompatible pairings, dearth of experience in egg incubation and over-representation of males in zoos," he said.

The reptiles are hailed as a national treasure in its native Indonesia. Komodos can grow up to10 feet long and can weigh in at about 310 pounds.

They are labeled as a "vulnerable" animal in the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List of Threatened Species.

A minute amount of only 3,000 of the lizards exist in the wild, says The Nature Conservancy, which works in the area.


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