The Komodo dragon is a monitor lizard that is endemic to the Indonesian islands of Komodo, Rinca, Flores and Gili Motang. It is currently the largest lizard species to walk on Earth and because of its size, it is the apex predator in the ecosystems in which it lives.
According to the International Union for Conservation of Natures Red List, Komodo dragons have gone from vulnerable to endangered. Their numbers are dropping because of the habitat loss caused by the rising global temperature and higher sea levels. Anthropogenic activities outside the conserved areas are also threatening the species population.