28 Nov 2014 10:34:40
Jurrasic World comes to life
Jurassic World has come to life at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo with the birth of two tiny Boyd's Forest Dragons.
Affectionately named Raptor and Nedry, the adorable duo were born just days apart on 23 and 25 October, each weighing only a few grams. Despite their bodies measuring just five centimeters in length, the Boyd's Forest Dragons are an uncanny resemblance to Jurassic Park's terrifying velociraptors.
Reptile Keeper at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, Matthew Mooney said it's a very exciting time in the Daintree Rainforest zone, however there is also a stringent observation process in place to ensure these tiny Boyd's Forest Dragons receive the best possible start to life.
Hand reared since birth, Raptor and Nedry have been rapidly gaining weight and strength in the attraction's back-of-house reptile room until they are ready to go on display in the Daintree Rainforest zone.
"Raptor and Nedry are the first Boyd's Forest Dragons to hatch at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo in a few years, which is a really exciting development and a true testament to the dedication and passion of our keepers," said Mr Mooney.
"Boyd's Forest Dragons are notoriously difficult to breed, so we've been giving these juveniles frequent feeds of insects, taking them outside to enjoy some sunlight, as well as closely monitoring their health daily."
Raptor and Nedry will eventually grow to be approximately 45 centimeters long, and will sport the eye-catching head crests and spikes Boyd's Forest Dragons are known for.
Boyd's Forest Dragons are found only in north Queensland rainforests, such as the Daintree. Due to their relatively small range, the species is susceptible to decline if these rainforests continue to be degraded by agriculture and climate change.
In the meantime, visitors can catch a glimpse of the other Boyd's Forest Dragons in WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo's Daintree Rainforest zone.