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Male Komodo Dragon

Male Komodo Dragon
Blackduiker, 6 Jun 2010
    • joshgrossglaza
      Modo; Wild hatched, confiscated as a pet by Fish and Wild. Hasn't fathered any young, so genetics are extremely valuable
    • mstickmanp
      This is not Modo, he was sent to the Columbus Zoo in exchange of Buru (pictured here). Buru and Lima have now produced a clutch of eggs which hopefully will hatch later this year.
    • joshgrossglaza
      NNNNNNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO:(:(:(:(:(
      I loved seeing Modo. I'm going to miss him sssoooooo much. But that doesn't mean he's gone forever. It could just be a breeding loan. He could return. Besides, I think Lima perfered Modo anyway. I saw him mating with her several times on my visits.
    • joshgrossglaza
      BTW, did you ever photograph Modo?
    • mstickmanp
      Yes I did, he was one of the most photogenic animals at the zoo. If you look around the gallery you will find some photos of him that I've taken.
    • joshgrossglaza
      I don't get it:confused: How could the zoo just let modo go? Lima loved being with him, and Modo is, as far as I know, the most genetically valuable Komodo Dragon in America. As I mentioned before, which you probably knew before I told you, Modo was wild hatched, and confiscated as a pet by the Fish and Wildlife in LA. He never had any offspring.

      How genetically valuable would you consider a wild hatched male Komodo Dragon that never produced any offspring?
    • mstickmanp
      The thing is that although Lima loved him, Modo never bred with her, so the zoo had to get another male. With the other male they bred within a couple of months of being together. If Modo would have bred with Lima then I'm sure the zoo would have kept him.
    • joshgrossglaza
      What:confused:? Modo did breed with Lima. I'm a regular visitor, and I observed them breeding. Lima also produced eggs when Modo was still there.
    • mstickmanp
      Well, I think the only problem is that none of the eggs were fertile.
    • joshgrossglaza
      2 things:

      1. Lima did lay a clutch of fertile eggs with Modo

      2. If the eggs weren't fertile, why didn't the zoo move Lima instead. I heard several outcries by regular zoo visitors that Modo should've never left.

      There is some good news: Modo is only ON LOAN to Columbus, which means it's not permanent. I heard the zoo wants to wait for about a year or 2 before they bring Modo back, and try him again with Lima.
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    Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens
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    Blackduiker
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    6 Jun 2010
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