Education: Stories from the Field

Slaying myths, saving dragons

Unlike the menacing dragons of mythical stories, Komodo dragons need our help. Some might think that the largest lizard in the world wouldn’t have to worry about its safety. But with less than 6,000 animals left in the wild, Komodo dragons depend on humans to protect them in their native Indonesian island habitat.

San Diego Zoo Global has a research and conservation program to help these carnivorous giants. To learn more about these large lizards and the Zoo's efforts to protect them, you can read an interview with Dr. Tim Jessop, the scientist leading the project. Tim talks about his typical field day, what he has learned about these intriguing animals, and how people everywhere can help save these endangered “dragons.”

For teachers of 4th to 6th grade students, we have developed a set of activities that help students learn more about Komodo dragons and what they can do to help.