Ushering in the year of the dragon in the Life in Crisis: Schad Gallery of Biodiversity

Posted: January 26, 2012 - 09:56 , by Nicole Richards

A sneak peak at our new komodo dragon before the work begins

A sneak peak at our new komodo dragon before the work begins

With the start of the Chinese New Year, all thoughts are on dragons – the presiding animal zodiac for this lunar year. Unlike many European mythologies where dragons are menacing villains, the dragon zodiac represents wealth, prosperity and good luck.

The year of the dragon has been brought in with much excitement and anticipation for a great year ahead. In the Life in Crisis: Schad Gallery of Biodiversity, we also welcome the new year with great excitement. In celebration, plans are underway to add a magnificent new specimen to the gallery.

As you might have guessed, there will be no fire-breathing, mythical creatures on display in the Schad Gallery. We are, however, in the process of preparing a very impressive komodo dragon for exhibit! While komodo dragons may not be able to breath fire or fly, as the largest living lizard they have inspired many tales in their own right.

A lot of work goes into the preparation of a specimen for exhibit. We’ll keep you updated on the process, so be sure to check back regularly. Our komodo will be revealed before the close of the year the dragon, and as such, it will be on hand to welcome the year of the snake. Hmmm, maybe this is the start of a new ROM tradition!