Monday, February 8, 2010

Komodo Rental

The Jakarta Rangunan Zoo planned to rent out two endangered giant lizards known as the Komodo to a Zoo in Budapest, Hungary.
Please find below photo of one of the Komodo quoted from The Jakarta Post.

If the purpose of renting out those animals is to look for an alternative way to breed them, then it's okay. However, considering that the original habitat of the Komodos is in the island of Komodo, which like other parts of Indonesia has tropical climate, whereas Hungary is like most European countries has sub-tropical climate with four seasons, therefore the purpose is questionable.

Beauty and the beast: Animal activist Zeby Febrina poses with a komodo dragon named Bagol, 16, at Ragunan Zoo in Jakarta on Sunday. Bagol is one of two komodos to be shipped to Sosto Zoological Park in Hungary, as breeder-in-loans for the next five years. JP/Wendra Ajistyatama


Peter Dickinson said...

I actually don't have too much of a problem with this. The Komodos will be kept indoors in a specially designed and heated environment. The Chinese send Pandas all over the place so why not Komodos. I would prefer however if no money changed hands and that it is done on a 'quid pro quo' basis.
More worrying on the Komodo front were those that were destined for Bali. That has all gone very quiet now. The Bali Maine and Safari Park is not the best venue to send any endagered species. Read more here:Komodo Dragon Problems

H. Nizam said...


Thank you for your comment.
If they provide environment suitable for the Komodos so that they can live and breed there, then it would be really great! Re: Komodo placed in Bali, I remember there has been rejections both in Komodo island and also in Bali. But I'll check it out

umihoney said...

Anything done with good intention is good indeed.

E.L.M Dyck said...

they trully are beautiful creatures, thanks for sharing -- & stopping by on blogcatalog!!

H. Nizam said...

Let's hope everything will work fine so that Komodo's will increase

H. Nizam said...

ELM Dyck,
Thank you for your visit and comment

colson said...

An international network of zoos have a breeding program for several endangered species in action indeed. Don't know whether the Komodois part of it or not.

Yet a Zoo in Hungary? I have my doubts - apart from the climate.

Though the most striking part of your post is the picture. That lady... She got balls!!

H. Nizam said...


I am not sure about the condition of the zoo in Hungary either. So I can only hope that they will take a good care of the Komodo while they stay there.

Re: the lady in the photo, yes she is brave enough to pose like that.