"Indonesian Zoo Breeds Komodo Dragons To Save Them From Extinction"

"SURABAYA, Indonesia - A zoo in Indonesia is breeding Komodo dragons in an effort to save the world's largest lizards from extinction, with climate change posing new dangers for the fearsome creatures.

Young dragons, their forked tongue darting, creep about a zoo enclosure in the city of Surabaya. Some fight over a female while others look for prey in a pond.

The giant lizards are only found on the remote island of Komodo and several neighbouring islands in eastern Indonesia. In September, the International Union for Conservation of Nature put them in its Red List of Threatened Species, citing an increasing threat posed by the impact of climate change.

Rising global temperatures and sea levels are expected to reduce the Komodo dragon's suitable habitat by at least 30% in the next 45 years, it warned."

Prasto Wardoyo reports for Reuters November 4, 2021.

Source: Reuters, 11/04/2021