The Zakdorn are a race native to the Alpha or Beta Quadrant. Zakdorn are humanoids with pouches of thick, fibrous tissue on their cheeks. They have three pouches per cheek.
The reference manual Star Trek: Star Charts, on the star chart United Federation of Planets II, placed Zakdorn at the extreme edge of the Federation in the outer sectors of the Beta Quadrant.
For nine millenia, they were regarded by potential foes as having the greatest innately strategic minds in the galaxy. Because of this perception, no one has tested the Zakdorn in combat, prompting Worf to dismissively note that "the reputation means nothing." As a people, the Zakdorn were generally replete with self-assuredness and overconfidence. They were members of the United Federation of Planets by the 2360s.