Bhitarkanika national park reopens for visitors from today

Kendrapara: The Bhitarkanika National Park in Kendrapara of Odisha, has reopened for tourists on Wednesday after being closed for ten days for the annual census of the estuarine crocodiles.

On the other hand, 16 teams of forest department would be carrying out enumeration of migratory birds in wetland areas of the park including Rajnagar range.

Bhitarkanika National Park has re-established itself as country’s lone habitation corridor for albino estuarine crocodiles, according to the latest findings. For the first time, annual census of the estuarine crocodiles will be counted on “Polygon Search Mobile App”.

The bird census commenced from 6 am in the morning and is scheduled to continue till 12 noon.

The national park is home to 70 per cent of India’s estuarine crocodiles or saltwater crocodiles, conservation of which started in 1975. According to 2021 census, there are 1,768 saltwater crocodiles in the wildlife habitat, which is India’s second-largest mangrove ecosystem.

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