The Komodo dragon is a large species of lizard found in the Indonesian islands of Komodo, Rinca, Flores, and Gili Motang, that can grow to an average length of 2 to 3 meters and weighing around 70 kilograms.
According to Wikipedia, there are around 4,000 to 5,000 Komodo living in the wilderness of those islands.
Beside that, there are also some Komodo living in zoos in several cities of Indonesia and other countries.
Logically, Komodo that are kept in city zoos are supposed to be much safer, well fed and well treated by the zoo keepers compared to those living in the wilderness.
Unfortunately, sometimes things does not seem to work according to logic in some of the zoos in Indonesia.
According to Kompas, three young Komodo which measured 50 centimetres to a meter long, each around one year old, have disappeared from the zoo in Surabaya, East Java, early this month.
The Zoo Keeper was quoted as saying that the Komodo could have been eaten by predators, stolen or escaped. The police are still investigating this case.
The zoo has more than 50 of the giant lizards and trees in the cage had been trimmed to prevent any of the remaining animals escaping.
There is a possibility that those missing Komodo have been stolen, because many people, local and foreigner, love to keep them as their pets and they are willing pay lots of money for that.
The Jakarta Globe quoted an animal conservation NGO chairman as saying that four years ago a one-year old Komodo was priced between Rp 20 million and Rp 30 million at the Pramuka animal market in Jakarta. Now the price has gone up.
I hope that the government and its law enforcement agency would investigate the above mentioned cases and find out how those Komodo disappeared .