Komodo dragons live in a variety of habitats but are generally found in tropical grassland and woodland. 

Wild Diet

Hatchlings eat insects and small reptiles and as they grow, their food gets progressively larger. Adults are capable of bringing down animals as big as a buffalo.


Baby dragons spend the first few years up in the trees – this keeps them away from hungry adults! Adults are generally solitary and only come together to breed or to feed on large prey items. Like all monitor lizards, Komodo dragons are intelligent animals and respond very well to training in captivity. They are active mainly during the day, and will seek refuge in burrows to escape the midday sun.


Komodo dragons lay up to 20 eggs which take around 7-8 months to hatch


Because they only live on a few small islands, Komodo dragons are threatened by habitat loss and human development. Komodo Island is a National Park and this allows the wild dragons some protection.


Classified as Vulnerable by the IUCN. In captivity, Komodo dragons are managed by a studbook which aims to keep the zoo population healthy and diverse. They are one of the most well studied lizard species and many zoos contribute towards researching the dragons in the wild.

How do I adopt a komodo dragon?

First choose the adoption package you wish to purchase (see below) and then simply make your animal selection.

Please note that the standard animal adoption pack is the only option currently available for the Komodo dragon.

Adoptions apply to the species rather than individual animals. This is because our animals may move to other zoos as part of breeding programmes.

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Adoption Pack - £30

  • An adopter’s certificate
  • A fact sheet about your chosen animal
  • Your name displayed in the Zoo for 12 months
  • A thank you letter
  • A photograph of your chosen animal

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