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Goodbye, Good Boy – Tribute to Hudo the Komodo Dragon

It was with heavy hearts that we stated goodbye to Hudo the 20-year-old Komodo dragon this weekend. Over the past week, his well being had been compromised by an irreversible, age-related spinal problem. 

Hudo komodo dragon

Hudo hatched on the Denver Zoo in January 2003. He moved to the Indianapolis Zoo in March 2009 earlier than coming to the Cincinnati Zoo six months later. In his 14 years right here, he grew to become a favourite of our visitors and our workers. In contrast to many Dragons that uninteresting with age, Hudo remained superbly coloured. Cautious monitoring of his weight loss program saved him lean and youthful wanting, at the same time as he aged. 

Removed from the fearsome beasts of legend, Hudo’s temperament was extra akin to that of a Golden Retriever, and it was frequent for his keepers to explain him equally. “He’s a great boy” they’d usually say. Hudo’s temperament endeared him to his keepers, creating the form of bonds that normally exist between mammals and their keepers.

They have been shut sufficient to note when Hudo’s imaginative and prescient worsened a couple of years in the past. They labored with the vet workers to organize double cataract surgical procedure for him, which was a hit and absolutely improved his high quality of life in his final years.

Hudo had one other declare to fame along with being the primary Komodo dragon on the earth to endure (double) cataract corrective surgical procedure. His grandfather, Naga, was given to former President George H.W. Bush in 1990 by President Suharto of Indonesia. In Indonesia, the Komodo dragon is taken into account a nationwide treasure, which made this an astonishing present. President Bush gave him to Cincinnati Zoo due to its success in mating many different endangered and uncommon species.

Naga was the most important Komodo dragon within the western hemisphere. At one level, he weighed about 260 kilos and reached over 9 toes. He handed away attributable to outdated age. He was essentially the most profitable reproductive male Komodo dragon in Zoo historical past, siring as much as 55 hatchlings! Attributable to his fruitfulness, his spirit and offspring dwell on at Zoos nationwide.


Guests will nonetheless have the ability to see a Komodo dragon on the Cincinnati Zoo. A 1 ½-year-old male named Frunobulax arrived from the Bronx Zoo in Could and could be discovered within the Reptile Home. He weighs simply over a pound however will develop to be 100 kilos or extra.

He is not going to take the place of Hudo in our hearts, however he’ll earn a spot of his personal.



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