Komodo Dragon Presented to NZP

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Madame Suharto, wife of the president of Indonesia symbolically presents the National Zoological Park with a male Komodo dragon, "Kelana" (wanderer). She presents Zoo director Theodore Reed with a photograph of the animal, which was physically presented to the Zoo on June 15, 1970.


National Zoological Park (U.S.)


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Torch spells her name "Soeharto." The Annual Report says the Komodo Dragon arrived in America on May 27, 1970.
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1970, p. 57-58
  • Torch, 6/1975, p. 3

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu


May 22, 1970


  • Animals
  • Gifts
  • Komodo dragon



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