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Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle. An excellent site. Starts with a gorgeous Flash show (plug-in required), followed by movies, photos, a quiz and tons of detailed and engaging text. After so much dross, it's great to see it!

"To Catch a Dragon: The Burden Expedition to remote and dangerous Komodo Island" Information on the 1912 expedition that discovered the Komodo dragon. Exciting narrative from the Virtual Exploration Society.

"The Komodo Dragon: On a few small islands in the Indonesian archipelago, the world's largest lizard reigns supreme" by Claudio Ciofi for Scientific American (March 1999). See also his "From Grad Student to Dragon Wrangler" on trapping and tracking the dragons. Komodo National park also has this article in PDF format.

Web Archive: "The Evolution of the Dragon" by Jared Diamond for Discover 1992.

"In fact, they're part of a deeper puzzle. The Komodo dragon is not unique: if you're one of the many people who find the thought of it gross and frightening, wait until you hear about the really frightening dragons that used to inhabit Australia. All these dragons raise the broad question of how supposedly primitive animals (like lizards) manage to persist."
Fascinating article.

Komodo Dragons and their Island words and photography by Brenna Lorenz. Lengthy, well-written and photographed journal of the author's trip to Komodo Island. Author publishes the interesting and under-visited Heptune's Journal of Lore and Levity.

Komodo National Park Forum & News. News, question and answer board from Bali Paradise online. A number of the big questions (ie., just what do they have in their mouths anyway?) are answered by knowledgeable persons.

Species Account on the Komodo by Chris Winters, UMich Biology student in 1995. Short but informative.

Endangered in the Wild has a well-written and formatted page.

Web Archive: "A Useful Monster" on Gill Diamond, a molecular biologist at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, who is doing research on Komodo blood and saliva.

Amazon. The Song of the Dodo: Island Biogeography in an Age of Extinctions by David Quammen. I stick this book in because it discusses the Komodo within the larger context of island biology. It is engaging and, indeed, mind expanding. Amazon says this:

"With The Song of the Dodo, weighing in at more than 700 pages, David Quammen gives us several books, all of them uncommonly well written and admirably instructive. At the first, and simplest, level he delivers a book of literary travel, one that takes the reader to exotic locales like Bali, Mauritius, Iceland, Galápagos, Madagascar. At another, he offers a finely detailed journalistic account of how ecological science is done, how close fieldwork combines with theoretical reflection to advance our understanding of the natural world. At another, he charts the grim course of extinctions on this chewed-up planet. At still another, Quammen presents an accessible explanation of Robert MacArthur and Edward O. Wilson's highly influential theory of island biogeography, which has revolutionized population biology since its publication in 1967. And Quammen manages, against the odds, to merge these discussions, and much more, into a single coherent narrative."

Tourist page with well-narrated account of a Komodo dragon feast.

Komo Dragon Bacteria by Brian Duong. Brief text. The links are dead.

"The Biogeography of the Komodo Dragon " by Craig Jung, class project for geography class at San Francisco State University. Good text, much of it from Ciofi, 1999.

Web Archive: "Komodo Dragon Faces Extinction" Somewhat alarmist page by Lori L. Loveland (Kirtland Community College student).

Komodo Dragon Hub. It takes a lot of dedication to make a large Komodo link-list when this site is already up. It's nice, but this is larger...


"The Komodo Dragon... a living dinosaur" Short page from Komodo Enterprises which "develops innovative business applications using Internet technologies."

LibraryThing: Catalog your books online.

If you enjoy this site you may also like my other animal site:

Flying Squirrel Central. Web directory and guide to the flying squirrels of North America, Europe and Asia.

Seahorse and Sea Dragon Central. Over 200 links on seahorses, and a thumbnail images section like this site.

Giraffe Central. Over 200 giraffe sites, and a thumbnail gallery of over 100 images.

Echidna Central. Over 100 links about that odd egg-laying Australian mammal.