(ANIMAL WELFARE/ZOOS) INDONESIA — Surabaya Zoo, most commonly referred to as the “zoo of death,” recently lost another one of its animals, a young Komodo dragon.

Although Komodo dragons tend to live to be at least 30 years old, the 11-year-old Komodo dragon was found dead in his enclosure last Thursday morning.

The dragon is the third of his kind to die at the Indonesian zoo in just the past six months.

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An 11-year-old Komodo dragon dies at the Surabaya Zoo. Photo Credit: News.com

An initial autopsy claimed the death was caused by intestinal problems, but further tests will be conducted over the next month to determine the exact cause of death.

The infamous zoo—surprisingly still open and running—is arguably one of the world’s cruelest zoos. It is South East Asia’s largest and oldest zoo, and for an entry fee of just one dollar, spectators can witness emaciated animals living in horrible conditions.

Photo Credit: Juni Kriswanto, AFP, Getty Images
Photo Credit: Juni Kriswanto, AFP, Getty Images

The zoo is notoriously referred to as the “zoo of death” due to its enormously high number of exotic animals who have died from unnatural causes.

For instance, a 30-year-old giraffe named Kliwon was found dead in March 2012 with a 40-pound wad of trash and plastic in his belly.

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A starving tiger at the Surabaya Zoo. Malnutrition is the number one cause of death at this zoo. Photo Credit: Michael Bachelard

However, the number one cause of death for these exotic animals is malnourishment. Because the zoo is so large and the entrance fee is so low, it does not generate enough money to feed their animals.

To make matters worse, the zoo lied about the number of animals in its care and is unable to separate breeding animals, so population growth is completely unregulated.

On average, 25 animals die every month at Surabaya Zoo.

TAKE ACTION: Sign the petition to shut down Surabaya Zoo and save these animals from their imminent death.

— Cara Meyers, exclusive to Global Animal