- Associated Press - Saturday, October 31, 2015

ALBUQERUQUE, N.M. (AP) - Albuquerque BioPark zoo’s female Komodo dragon has a male counterpart in a program promoting breeding among the shrinking population.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1NIqkac) 15-year-old Sunny is 10 feet long and weighs 155 pounds. Senior reptile and amphibian keeper Josh Davis says Sunny is living at the zoo as part of a worldwide breading program that pairs him with Nancy, the female Komodo dragon.

The reptiles have an average life expectancy between 20 and 25 years.

Komodo dragons are named for one of its five native Indonesian islands. Davis said the threatened species cannot be hunted or exported without the permission of the Indonesian government.

The diminishing population is likely due to human encroachment, poaching, earthquakes and other natural disasters as well as a shortage of females.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, https://www.abqjournal.com

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