The Year of the Snake

2012 was the Chinese Year of the Dragon, and I was sure¬†that included¬†Komodos, but the species is starting the Year of the Snake with a vengeance, too. Maybe it’s a serpent free-for-all this year. Another ranger was attacked in Komodo National Park today. A Komodo dragon ambushed one of the guides as he led visitors . . . 

Komodo National Park attack

Racing through the news wires today is the latest attack in Komodo National Park. Yesterday on Rinca Island a dragon came into an office and bit a park ranger in the leg. Another ranger who came to his aid was also bitten and both victims were rushed to a hospital on Bali. There have been . . . 

It only takes one person

Here’s a link for anyone who thinks–as I sometimes do–that no single person can make much difference in the world. This kid is all kinds of awesome, a great example of the next generation of social-environmental entrepreneurs. Do they even have a Twenty under Twenty??

Solving biological mysteries

When Walter Auffenberg studied the Komodo dragon in the 1970s he noticed that males outnumbered females three to one, with no obvious reason why. It was a biological mystery that the characters of The Dragon Keeper spent some time pondering as well. Today, we have one possible explanation: housework. An international research team studied 400 . . . 

Another threat for Komodos

  When I first saw this headline, I was sure it was from The Onion, but “Leather Market Takes a Freaky Turn” comes to us from the Business section of the Bangkok Post. The chairman of a Thai leather manufacturer has expressed an interest in using Komodo dragons for leather, due to a vaguely referenced . . .