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 . . . 

Stewartville Bound

The October book tour continues! For all you Rochester area residents, I’ll be talking about all things Komodo this Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the Stewartville library. Hope to see you there!

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 . . . 

Dragon Rumors

Don’t you just love it when some mysterious animal is inflated to mythic proportions and is credited with terrorizing small villages? Is it human neuroses or just our need to have big bad wolf in the story to make it worth telling? The latest in animal terror comes to us by way of Kashmir, where . . . 

When eco-tourism becomes eco failure

I was hesitant about the proclaimed benefits of Komodo National Park becoming one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature, and now unfortunately that hesitation is justified. News from Jakarta: the road being constructed to induce eco-tourism to the park has begun to drive Komodos from their natural habitat. Let’s hope this disruption to the . . .