I am currently reading my way through a long list of science fiction and fantasy titles. (http://www.npr.org/2011/08/07/138938145/science-fiction-and-fantasy-finalists if you are interested in the list).
Anyone else wishing they could plan a trip to Komodo Island to see the dragons?
Our zoo in Calgary had Komodo Dragons for a while, but it's just not the same as seeing them in the wild.
I also have been given to understand that in captivity, they don't produce such toxic bites as the wild lizards. However, the risks of catching Salmonella from them is high.
I just checked the Canadian government website, and non-essential travel to Indonesia (which includes Komodo Island) is not advised. No Komodos in my future, at least for now.