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Komodo Dragon

The Komodo dragon is the largest lizard in the world. The population of 3,000 to 5,000 is threatened by poaching, habitat loss, prey reduction, and limited habitat range.

In 1992, the National Zoo hatched the first Komodo dragons outside of Indonesia. Since then the Zoo has reared 55 dragons, which have been sent to 30 zoos worldwide. Help support Komodo dragon conservation today.

Adopt a Komodo dragon and help support conservation efforts at both the National Zoo's D.C. campus and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia.

Adopt a Komodo dragon!

Packages at the $65 level are shipped in an animal carrier box and include:

  • 12-inch animal plush
  • Personalized certificate and letter of appreciation
  • Photo of your adopted species
  • Animal fact sheet