Aquarium’s Komodo Dragon Picks Winner Of Super Bowl LVIII

Feb 8, 2024, 11:50 AM


'Naga' a komodo dragon looks for Easter eggs in his enclosure at Taronga Zoo on March 29, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. The Easter-themed treats and enrichment were developed and refined by Taronga Zoo keepers and the Zoos' Behavioural Studies Unit with the aim of maintaining the animals' wildness. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

(Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY – A komodo dragon at the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium gave his prediction for which team will capture the Lombardi Trophy at Super Bowl LVIII .

Komodo Dragon predicts Super Bowl LVIII winner

Super Bowl LVIII features a matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs. Kickoff is slated for 4:30 p.m. (MT) on Sunday, February 11.

During the week leading up to the Super Bowl,

Raja, a komodo dragon at Draper’s Loveland Living Planet Aquarium, predicted the big game’s winner.

The 49ers were Raja’s pick to win Super Bowl LVIII.

@livingplanetaquariumut Raja the Komodo dragon picks the winner of #SuperBowl 58! Who are you rooting for? Drop a 🦥 if you’re cheering on the Chiefs (or Taylor), and comment a 🐲 if you’re cheering on the 49ers! #chiefs #49ers #superbowlsunday #foryou #aquarium #komododragon #fyp #usher #halftimeshow ♬ Yeah! (feat. Lil Jon & Ludacris) – Usher

“Does this Super Bowl feel a little familiar to you? Well, that’s because the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Fransico 49ers played each other in Super Bowl 54… 2020,” the aquarium posted on Instagram. “Fear not! Takoda, the Linnaeus’s two-toed sloth, picked the Chiefs to win in 2020. Yet, Raja, the Komodo dragon, picked the San Fransisco 49ers to win this year, 2024. So, who will reign supreme?”

In 2022, Hogle Zoo’s Vulcan the Lion correctly picked the Los Angeles Rams to beat the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl LVI.

The zoo’s Zuri the Elephant also correctly picked the winner of Super Bowl LV in 2021. Zuri selected Tampa Bay as the winner of Super Bowl LV over the Chiefs.

About Super Bowl LVIII

Super Bowl LVIII will be a rematch of Super Bowl LIV from 2020 when the Kansas City Chiefs rallied to defeat the San Francisco 49ers.

During the regular season, the Chiefs posted an 11-6 record. Kansas City’s path to the Super Bowl includes postseason wins over the Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills, and Ravens.

RELATED: How To Watch Super Bowl LVIII Between San Francisco 49ers, Kansas City Chiefs

The 49ers went 12-5 in the regular season and earned the No. 1 seed in the NFC. After a first round bye, San Francisco beat the Green Bay Packers before taking down the Lions in a comeback.

Kyle Ireland is a Sports Producer and Locals in the NFL Insider for Listen to Ireland on Yards After College: An NFL Podcast. Follow him on X (@kyleireland), Threads (@kyleirelandksl), and Instagram (@kyleirelandksl).

Download the new & improved KSL Sports app from Utah’s sports leader. You can stream live radio, video and stay up to date on all of your favorite teams.



Kyle Ireland

Denver Broncos Announce Plans To Release QB Russell Wilson

The Denver Broncos announced that they plan to release veteran quarterback Russell Wilson following two seasons with the NFL franchise.

3 hours ago


Kyle Ireland

Philadelphia Eagles Center Jason Kelce Retires From NFL After 13 Seasons

Philadelphia Eagles star center Jason Kelce announced his retirement from the NFL after playing 13 seasons in the league.

3 hours ago


Joe Reedy, AP

Chris Mortensen, An Award-Winning Reporter Who Covered NFL, Dies At 72

Chris Mortensen, the award-winning journalist who covered the NFL for close to four decades, died Sunday morning. He was 72.

1 day ago


David A. Lieb, AP

Missouri Governor Shortens DWI Prison Sentence Of Ex-Chiefs Assistant Coach Britt Reid

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson shortened the prison sentence of former Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid for a drunken driving crash.

1 day ago


Kyle Ireland

Local Players Shine At 2024 NFL Scouting Combine

The 2024 NFL Scouting Combine featured multiple players with ties to the Beehive State who tested and performed at the pre-draft event.

2 days ago

Tyreek Hill Social Media Influencer Broken Leg Football Drills...


Influencer Says Dolphins’ Tyreek Hill Broke Her Leg During Football Drill At His Home

A social media influencer is suing Dolphins WR Tyreek Hill over an alleged incident that happened at the NFL star's home last summer.

5 days ago

Sponsored Articles


KSL Sports

KSL Sports Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the KSL Sports newsletter. Get the latest Utah sports news delivered to your inbox.


KSL Sports

Jazz Notes Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the Jazz Notes newsletter. Get insider analysis, game recaps and opportunities to win tickets!

Follow @kslsports...

The Road Home Mediathon 2023

The KSL Sports Zone and are proud to support the all-day Mediathon 2023 at the Road Home, an annual tradition to raise money and other essential items for the Road Home, a Homeless Shelter.

3 kids wearing real salt lake jerseys smiling...

Real Salt Lake

6 Reasons You Need to Experience a RSL Matchday

RSL Games are a great way to spend time with your family with fun activities, good food, and traditions you can only experience at the field.

High angle view of the beautiful Rose Bowl Stadium...

KSL Digital Sales

How to Prepare for the 2023 Rose Bowl

Everything you need to know to plan your 2023 Rose Bowl trip in Pasadena, California. This year, the Utes will face Penn State.


KSL Digital Sales

Notable Moments From The Utah Jazz Season… So Far

At the beginning of the season, the Utah Jazz were second to last. Now they rank in the top 10 teams in the Western Conference.

Aquarium’s Komodo Dragon Picks Winner Of Super Bowl LVIII