My two top goals when I visited the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, was to see their Komodo Dragon and their White Alligator Antoine LeBlanc, who I visited when he came to stay at SFZoo for awhile :) I got to see both!
Komodo's are awesome and adorable!
Look at this one smiling :)
I first heard the Zoo was getting a Komodo Dragon when the aftermath details of this years ZooFest were in the News. Part of that news was of course, the renaming of this Animal. You all know how I feel about the Zoo renaming Animals who already have a Name. If you don't, please search this blog for "naming", I have written about it many times.
So, yes its true, the Zoo has yet again renamed an Animal that already has a name. Why is the Zoo hell bent on stripping every animal of its given Name?
It is my interest to know as much as possible about the Zoo Animals as individuals. That said, I share with you what I have learned about the new Komodo Dragon!
His name is Falcor :) He was the Memphis Zoo's first Komodo Dragon born, after a decade of trying! In fact out of eight Eggs layed by his Mother Norberta, only one was fertile. Little Falcor hatched October 8, 2011. You can read about his birth and see his babie photo in this local news article:http://www.localmemphis.com/news/local/story/Memphis-Zoo-Welcomes-First-Baby-Komodo-Dragon/HDS7BOeg7060-bQRfX0vfA.cspx
AND see more adorable photos from zooborns site:
One of my main issues about renaming is not only is it cruel and disrespectful, regardless of what the Zoo might tell you, these Animals know their names. They have personalities, that are as much a part of their individual identity as their Name. I corresponded with someone at the Memphis Zoo who said, "The Komodo Dragons know and respond to their names." ... Sadly this Animal who has had the name Falcor for near two years, and knows his Name, will now be called by another name, although not by me. I can't wait to hear what crap the Donor came up with, I'm sure it will be a doozy!
Now, for my opinion on the enclosure. Pictured below, from what I've seen, I don't like it. My preliminary observation over the past several weeks of seeing the building progress is, its too small and more of an issue, it seems there is no outdoor area, so he will be kept inside all the time (in the dark)? Most Komodo enclosures I've seen are outdoor landscaped areas. ... Member viewing is Thursday, so we'll see.