George R.R. Martin likes our dragon!

Fans of the popular book by George R. R. Martin, A Song of Ice and Fire, which also spawned the HBO series Game of Thrones, might have caught on that our new Komodo dragon is the namesake of the book’s dragon princess.  Well, as it turns out, Mr. Martin got wind of her and mentioned that he thinks this is really cool on his blog.  Needless to say, we’re very flattered!  And our herpetologists, who happen to be HUGE fans, are positively swooning.   You can catch his comment here.

Mr. Martin, thanks for making our day!  Khaleesi is quite a regal dragon, and definitely lives up to her name.


Ready for her close up!

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3 thoughts on “George R.R. Martin likes our dragon!

  1. Komodo dragon is a wonder of nature… save them, not catch.

  2. Thanks for your comment. Khaleesi was hatched at the Los Angeles Zoo, and came to us on a loan so she can be an ambassador for her species here in Knoxville. Zoos that are accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquarims (AZA), which Knoxville Zoo is, work in conjunction with other conservation groups to ensure a healthy genetic population exists for species that are at risk in their natural habitats. While Komodo dragons aren’t classified as Endangered, there are a limited number in the world due to the small area of their native range. Accredited zoos and aquariums work to educate visitors about the amazing animals that live on the Earth to foster a commitment to care about their conservation and to ensure there will be Komodo dragons for many generations to appreciate and learn from.

  3. Khaleesi. Great name.

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