Going Wild: Komodo dragonUPDATED 8:03 PM HST Mar 14, 2014Video Transcript
The Komodo Dragon is one of the world's most feared lizards! But local trainers are changing the way we view the carnivores. KITV4's Ashley Moser is Going Wild... 20-25 109-113 They can get up to 10 feet long...weighing more than a hundred pounds. Komodo Dragons are the world's largest monitor lizards...native to Indonesian. 4:52:23 "KOMODO DRAGONS ARE THRENTED SPECIES. THEY LIVE ON A VERY FEW ISLANDS IN INDONESIA. THERE ARE ROUGHLY 350 BREEDING FEMALES AND THEY DON'T BREED EVERY YEAR. SO THAT'S A VERY SMALL POPULATION THERE." 4:52:45 But here in the Hawaiian islands... trainers have raised two females at the Honolulu Zoo. 4:53:20 "WE RAISED THOSE BABIES SINCE THE TIME, PRACTICALLY THAT THEY CAME OUT OF THE EGG. SO THEY ARE UNUSUALLY USED TO HUMANS IN GENERAL AND THEIR KEEPERS IN PARTICULAR BECAUSE OF THAT." 4:53:29 Because the lizards are carnivores they ambush live prey with a stealthy approach. Known for taking down and consuming animals as large as horses. So this is something you'll RARELY see... Lizards and humans just don't interact... Let alone go for a walk! Keepers know how lucky they are, and say it's enriching. 4:53:39 "THEY ARE VERY INTELLIGENT MUCH MORE SO THAN SAY YOUR AVERAGE SNAKE. AND I REALLY ENJOY WORKING WITH THEM." 4:53:50 standup Ashley 4:51:20 "KOMODO DRAGONS ARE THE LARGEST OF THE MONITOR LIZARDS. NOW MO'ONUI HERE SHEDS IN PATCHES. NOT LIKE A SNAKE WHERE THEY SHED ALL AT ONCE. SO SHE ACTUALLY DOESN'T EVEN NEED TO BATHE." 4:51:31 Keepers say if the lizards look a little scruffy with skin hanging off... they'll occasionally give them a helping hand. 4:54:42 "IF THEY HAVE A BIG AND UNSIGHTLY PATCH OF SKIN WE WILL SOMETIMES HELP THEM SHED IT OF, HELP THEM REMOVE IT." 4:54:48 An interaction only a few in the world can saw they've successfully completed while remaining in one piece. Ashley Moser...KITV 4 News. Honolulu Zoo officials say they are opening up a new Reptile and Amphibian complex next year to house Mo'onui and her other lizard friends.