The mighty Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis) is the worldâ€™s largest living lizard. Itâ€™s found in only a few locations on our planet and is a threatened species.
The reason itâ€™s vulnerable is because of natural disasters that have destroyed their environment, from poaching of both, the dragons and their food.
A small island location named Padar once had Komodo dragons living there, but theyâ€™re now extinct because of poaching. Unfortunately the last Komodo dragons ever seen on Padar was in the year 1975.
Currently (as of 05/2013) their conservation status is â€śVulnerableâ€ť (VU), which means they are at high risk of becoming an endangered species. They are not yet considered officially as an â€śendangeredâ€ť species but their situation is not far behind. There are only around 4,000 â€“ 5,000 Komodo dragons left in the wild. In some places there are as little as 100 dragons left on some of their native islands. There is even greater fear that the number active females may be as little as 350.
If you research more about these animals, youâ€™ll often read that their maximum length is 3 meters. Their maximum length is slightly larger and the largest dragon ever officially recorded was 3.13 meters in length, it weighed 166 kilograms.