The Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo announced today that it will be receiving two komodo dragons on loan from the Calgary Zoo. Named Thorn and Shruikan, they will arrive in time for public viewing on April 1.
Komodo dragons are the largest lizards in the world. They are found on Indonesia’s five Lesser Sundra Islands. Their large bodies, which average 70 kilograms, are covered in armour-like scales. Komodo dragons use their long, forked tongues to both taste and smell objects. Their hearing range is limited and they have poor night vision.
Komodo dragons are carnivores that, in the wild, live largely on the deer and smaller animals that they catch. They use their teeth, claws and powerful tails when hunting. When young, they can climb trees to reach their prey. As adults, they must stand on their back two legs using their tail to balance instead.
One curious fact about these creatures is that the females are capable of reproducing without having their eggs fertilized by a male. This process, which is known as parthenogenesis, has likely helped the species to survive so long.
The Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo is a fantastic place to visit on a sunny summer’s day. Listen and laugh at the goats as the bray back and forth to each other. Watch as Koda and Mistaya, the zoo’s two resident grizzly bears, playfully wrestle in their pool. Children will enjoy touring the zoo on the Kinsmen Express Train while visitors of all ages will be captivated by the diverse range of feathered friends that strut around the grounds.
Here are some of the many faces that you will find when you visit the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo.