Bhitarkanika National Park To Remain Closed From May 1 To July 31

Bhubaneswar:  The Bhitarkanika National Park located in Kendrapara district will remain closed for visitors from May 1 to July 31 this year.

During this time, Bhitarkanika, Ragadapati and Dangamala forest blocks will become inaccessible to tourists and visitors.

This has been done in view of the breeding season of saltwater or estuarine crocodiles, who become very aggressive during breeding and have the tendency to attack people during this time.

Noteworthy, the park is home to around 1,742 estuarine crocodiles. It is also home to the Indian Python, King Cobra, Black Ibis, Darters, Spotted Deer, Wild Boar, Kingfisher and many other species of flora and fauna.

The National Park also hosts a large number of mangrove species and is the second largest mangrove ecosystem in India.

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