Komodo Dragon Triplets Come to Bronx Zoo

NEW YORK (AP) -
A pair of Komodo dragons go nose-to-nose at the Bronx Zoo last week. (AP Photo/Wildlife Conservation Society, Julie Larsen Maher)
A pair of Komodo dragons go nose-to-nose at the Bronx Zoo last week. (AP Photo/Wildlife Conservation Society, Julie Larsen Maher)

A trio of Komodo dragons on Friday arrived at the Bronx Zoo for a Memorial Day weekend display — the first time the rare reptiles have been on display in New York City since 1959.

Sisters Rose and Ivy and brother Stubby were born in the Los Angeles Zoo. The 5-foot-long, 30-pound monitors can grow up to nine feet long and weigh as much as 300 pounds.

Bronx Zoo Director Jim Breheny said the exhibit may educate people on just how intelligent and inquisitive the lizards can be.

The dragons are native to Indonesia and there are only an estimated 2,500 left in the wild.