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1st KOMODO DRAGON BORN IN CANADA GOES ON PUBLIC DISPLAY WITH SIBLING!

Check Out Our Rare Reptiles in the Australasia Pavilion Starting Friday, October 24th, 2003

Who:

Our rare baby Komodo dragon, Canada's first, and a recently hatched sibling.

What:

The public can now check out the first Komodo dragon born in Canada in a new exhibit in the Australasia Pavilion. The baby, born August 27th, will be on display with a sibling born on September 30th, 2003. Because adult Komodo dragons are inclined to predate their young, the infants must be kept separate. The young dragons will not be easily visable for the first while as they are prone to hiding as they would be in the wild. Dad Doni will be on view in the main Komodo Dragon Exhibit.

Although the exact figure is unknown, as few as 5,000 of these giant, flesh-eating lizards may remain in the wild. The remaining population is vulnerable to disease, volcanic activity, and competition with feral dogs and man. Our babies, still quite small, could one day reach 3 metres in length!

Proud parents are Father Doni, here on breeding loan from the Minnesota Zoo, and Moms Draca and Loca.

When:

The infant Komodo dragons will be on display starting Friday, October 24, 2003.

Where:

Australasia Pavilion
Toronto Zoo Main Entrance
Take Hwy 401 to Meadowvale Rd and go north to Main Parking

For More Information, Please Contact:
Cynthia Shipley, Public Relations, at (416) 392-5938

Zoo hours, Oct. 14th to Dec. 31st : 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Last admissions one hour before closing. General Admission 13-64 incl. is $18, Children 3 and under FREE, Children 4-12 are $10, and Seniors 65+ are $12. Parking is $8. The Zoo is located at Meadowvale Rd and Hwy. 401, Exit #389 east and west bound. For general information, call (416) 392-5929 or visit www.torontozoo.com. Click on our new feature "The Press Room" for the latest Zoo news.


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