Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

Dakota Midday: Komodo Dragon Makes Debut At Zoo

Wikimedia photo by Mark Dumont

This summer visitors to the Great Plains Zoo in Sioux Falls can see a rare Komodo dragon. Four-year-old Natasha made her public debut earlier this month and is on display until September.

The Komodo dragon is a ferocious, carnivore from the islands of southeastern Indonesia. It’s the world’s largest living lizard. Females can get up to six feet long with an average weight of about 150 pounds. The average size for males is eight to nine feet and about 200 pounds.

Great Plains Zoo president and CEO Elizabeth Whealy joined Dakota Midday with more about Natasha the Komodo dragon.

Related Content
  • South Dakota State University graduate Stephanie Arne was recently selected as the new "Wild Guide" for Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom. She was chosen in…
  • As South Dakota marks 125 years of statehood, SDPB is featuring stories that rediscover our identity and heritage through the people, places, and ideas…
  • Every city has its share of dark secrets, shadowy history and skeletons lurking in the closets. Some have more than others…much more. Today we’ll go…