With razor sharp teeth and toxic saliva that can fell a buffalo, ZSL London Zoo's pair of Komodo dragons are formidable predators.
Our dragons' den
Come and get face to face with the dragons prowling their state-of-the-art dragon's lair and enjoy panoramic views through an unbroken sweep of more than 20 metres of dragon-proof glass.
The dragon's home has been naturally landscaped to mimic a dry river bed, complete with lush vegetation and sounds of Indonesian birds.
The dragons at ZSL London Zoo are part of the European Conservation Breeding Programme.
Dangerous and deadly dragons
How big are they? What do they eat? And just how toxic is their saliva?
Find out more about these ferocious reptiles with our collection of top dragon facts.
Komodo dragon stars in Bond movie
Komodo dragon Raja has been drawing the crowds at ZSL London Zoo for over six years but in 2012 he reached a global audience as a "Bond villain" in film Skyfall.
The Zoo's charismatic, male komodo dragon was filmed in his exhibit to be used for a special CGI scene with James Bond himself, played by Daniel Craig.
The filming, which took place in December 2011, focused on Raja's natural behaviours including the way komodos bite and how they use their tongues to smell and detect their surroundings. Filmmakers also took Raja's measurements to recreate the dragon using special effects technology for the blockbuster film.
Helping in the wild
ZSL's zoo-based breeding programme has assisted research into the wild population and distribution patterns of this exciting reptile.
Komodo dragons are the world’s largest living lizard and are found predominantly on the islands of Flores, Rinca and of course Komodo in Indonesia.