Komodo dragon day

Today’s Google Doodle is a tribute to the Komodo dragon:

The world’s most amiable-looking Komodo dragon; the actual animals are big, fierce, aggressive carnivores — but for a variety of reasons, they are in fact endangered. And they have been big in my consciousness ever since I first heard Bob and Ray’s routine about Dr. Darryl Dexter (billed as the great expert on the Komodo dragon), back when I was in high school (60 years ago).

The Jakarta Post‘s story today about the doodle:

Google is celebrating the 37th anniversary of Komodo National Park in West Manggarai regency, East Nusa Tenggara, through its Doodle on Monday.

The doodle, which displays a sleeping Komodo dragon, also contains an interactive quiz titled, “How much do you know about Komodo dragons?”, which invites users to test their knowledge about the giant lizard.

After answering five true or false questions, the doodle displays more questions about Komodo dragons, including the location of Komodo National Park, the weight of Komodo dragons and more. Once the question is clicked, users will be brought to the Google search page related to the question.

Located in Flores, East Nusa Tenggara, Komodo National Park covers five major islands, namely Komodo, Padar, Rinca, Gili Motang and Nusa Kode.

Kompas.com reports that there are only around 3,000 Komodo dragons in the national park, which has led Komodo dragons to be listed as an endangered species. Currently, Komodo dragons can be found on four islands, which include Komodo, Rinca, Gili Motang and Nusa Konde.

You can watch the dragon video here.

Check out my 11/30/09 posting. And listen to the Bob and Ray routine here.

(Hat tip to Benita Bendon Campbell.)

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