NZP Komodo Dragon Dies

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In late April, the National Zoological Park's only Komodo dragon dies "after a progressive downhill course of fighting what was believed to be the ravages of old age" and a failing circulatory system. "Kelana," was symbolically presented to the Zoo by Indonesia on May 22, 1970, and physically arrived on June 15, 1970.


National Zoological Park (U.S.)


Chronology of Smithsonian History


Torch, 6/1975, p. 3

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April, 1975


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