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The Burden East Indian Expedition
Identifier: Film Collection no. 20
Scope and Contents Filmed during the AMNH Burden East Indian Expedition to Malaysia, 1926. William Douglas Burden, AMNH trustee, his wife Katharine, and a small expedition team traveled to the East Indies to study the fauna of the region, and especially to film and capture the rare lizards Varanus komodoensis found on Komodo Island, one of the Lesser Sunda Islands. These lizards are commonly known as "Komodo dragons," and can grow to a length of ten feet and weigh up to 250 pounds. The film begins with the...