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Komodo dragons on display at the Bronx Zoo

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The Bronx Zoo now has dragons.

Komodo dragons, the world's largest lizards, are back in the Bronx for the first time since the 1950s, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society. They are in the zoo's new exhibit called Amazing Monitors, which features three other species of monitors.

"Komodo dragons are one of nature's most amazing creatures," Zoo Director Jim Breheny said in a news release. "They are the top predator in the environment in which they live."

Male Komodos can grow up to nine feet long and more than 360 pounds, according to the WCS. They are native to islands of eastern Indonesia. The reason they grow so big is that they have no natural predators -- except humans.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature classifies Komodo dragons as "vulnerable." WCS said some estimates pep the wild population at fewer than 2,500.

The Bronx Zoo has two female and one male Komodo dragons. They are about five feet long, so they are still adolescents, WCS said.

The Wildlife Conservation Society's mission is to protect wildlife and wild places around the world through science, conservation, and education programs and its network of zoos and aquarium in New York City.

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