As a young boy, renowned reptile expert and conservationist Romulus (“Rom”) Whitaker dreamed of finding dragons. Years later, the successful herpetologist decided to set out to discover the real-life origins of these mythical monsters.
Rom’s snake park and crocodile bank in India, where he works to conserve and breed reptiles in the wild, were the first of their kind when he created them. Now he travels the world in search of modern day dragons. In the caves of Slovenia, he encounters the peculiar creature known as the olm, a cave-dwelling blind salamander once believed to be a baby dragon. In the rainforests of India’s Western Ghats, Whitaker handles flying lizards, belonging to the species called Draco. When threatened or courting, the males extend the bright yellow flaps on their necks. Whitaker captures one and gently stretches out its amazing wings. Finally, Rom’s quest leads him to Indonesia’s Komodo Island, where he sees a wild Komodo dragon for the first time.
The Dragon Chronicles follows Rom as he journeys around the world, reimagining the lines between fact and fantasy, in search of the fabled beasts’ contemporary counterparts.
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F. MURRAY ABRAHAM
FILMS AT 59
MADRAS CROCODILE BANK TRUST CENTRE FOR HERPETOLOGY
POSTOJNA CAVES TOURISM
WITH THE KIND PERMISSION OF © THE NATIONAL GALLERY
WITH THANKS TO THE BRITISH LIBRARY
WITH THANKS TO BRISTOL’S CITY MUSEUM & ART GALLERY
‘CONVERSATION WITH SMAUG’ IS BY J.R.R. TOLKIEN AND IS © THE J.R.R. TOLKIEN COPYRIGHT TRUST 1937
For Icon Films
JULIE SCHAPIRO THORMAN
Executive In Charge
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DANIEL B. GREENBERG
for "Introduction," "Interview: Rom Whitaker, Reptile Expert," "The Komodo Dragon's Remarkable Physiology," and "The Hereford Mappa Mundi"
for "The Olm and Other Troglobites"
IRENE TEJARATCHI HESS, NATURE Producer
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