OMAHA (AP) - The award-winning Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha has added a dragon to its array of exotic animals. The zoo is now displaying a Komodo dragon in its big cat complex.
The large, venomous lizard was hatched at the San Antonio Zoo in 2007. It was raised at the Houston Zoo before being transferred to Omaha in November. Komodo dragons are native to a handful of small islands in Indonesia. The average adult weighs about 150 pounds and is 8 feet long. The lizards are listed as vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List due to overhunting of red deer, their main source of food.