First King Cobra Arrives in Zagreb Zoo

By 31 March 2019

ZAGREB, March 31, 2019 - The Zagreb zoo's refurbished "The spirit of monsoon forests" enclosure, which will house a Komodo dragon and a king cobra, the first in the zoo's history, was inaugurated earlier this week.

The enclosure has eight new terrariums housing ten species which were not visible to visitors until now, said Damir Skok, the zoo's manager. "Two are especially magnificent, the king cobra, the world's longest venomous snake, and the Komodo dragon, the world's biggest lizard."

Zagreb's zoo "is one of the best in the world in terms of reptiles," he added.

The zoo's curator for fish, amphibians and reptiles, Ivan Cizelj, said the king cobra and the Komodo dragon would mean a lot for the education of people about endangered species.

"Our Komodo dragon is included in the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria project which encompasses the breeding and display of the species, visitor education and the zoo's participation in programmes for the protection of the dragon on the island of Komodo," said Cizelj.

The king cobra, a 230-centimetre-long male, arrived in Zagreb from the Plzen zoo in the Czech Republic. The Komodo dragon came from Pierrelatte, France in 2016. It is a 170-centimetre-long, six-year-old male weighing 29 kilos.

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