KalingaTV News Network
Kendrapara: The Bhitarkanika National Park in the district reopened for tourists on Thursday with the end of 7-day crocodile census. It is mandatory for the visitors to provide identity proof for entry to the park.
The authorities of the sanctuary had on January 3 put ban on the entry of the visitors for the annual crocodile census.
According to Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) of Rajnagar Mangrove (wildlife) Forest Division, the crocodile population has increased this year in comparison to last year. As many as 16 more crocodiles were seen this year taking the total number to 1,698 in the sanctuary which was designated as a National Park on 16th September, 1998.