he dragon’s natural environment on the islands of Indonesia is hot and dry eight months of the year while experiencing monsoon rains and winds the other four months. Sound familiar? Sounds a lot like Phoenix and that’s what makes the Phoenix Zoo the perfect place for these amazing animals to reside! This one-of-a-kind exhibit will provide multiple viewing areas throughout so our guests can have a variety of ways to see the dragons. There will even be an ‘up close and personal’ opportunity since a heated rock is right next to both large viewing windows.
There are two separate exhibits along with an indoor “bedroom” that can be viewed by our guests. This indoor viewing area will be great on days when the weather is too cool (less than 60 degrees Fahrenheit) to let the animals outside. This area will also work well if we are fortunate enough to have babies.
We’re also providing a 7,000 gallon pool in one of the exhibits for the dragon’s swimming pleasure. Yes, they have been known to swim and this pool should provide some cooling off for these massive creatures during the hottest part of the year.
Many guests wonder what is happening during keeper’s training sessions with the animals. This new exhibit will allow our guests to see these wonderful sessions and provide an opportunity to ask a staff member questions about the animal.
Why do we train animals? There are multiple reasons to train – it provides stimulation to the animal, it provides cooperative behaviors for husbandry needs, and it allows staff to provide basic medical treatment or check out the animal’s physiology (checking body parts, giving injections, weight reporting or even dispensing medicine).
We are anxious to share this new exhibit with you, and we hope that you'll enjoy the experience.