My Town: Akron Zoo Welcomes New Komodo Dragons

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Draco (Courtest: The Akron Zoo)

AKRON, Ohio — The Akron Zoo is welcoming two new faces at the zoo’s Education Center.

The center is the new home of Draco and Charlie, Komodo dragons who will live at the zoo’s Komodo Kingdom. The dragons are currently on display daily from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and current resident Komodo dragon TNT will be on display when Draco and Charlie are not on exhibit.

Draco and Charlie were born at the Denver Zoo in October 2010. The pair are sisters and currently 4 feet long and weigh 9 pounds. TNT is 13 years old and weighs 141 pounds, and has been with the Akron Zoo since Komodo Kingdom opened in 2005.

Once Draco and Charlie become used to their new environment, they will go on exhibit with TNT.

Komodo dragons are the world’s largest lizard and are indigenous to a few Indonesian Islands, including the Island of Komodo. The dragon is currently an endangered species primarily due to habitat destruction.

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