Bhitarkanika National Park to shut from January 15 for crocodile census

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With the annual headcount train of estuarine crocodiles getting underway, Bhitarkanika National Park in Odisha would stay out of bounds for 9 days of this month for nature lovers who lengthy for savouring the heat of congenial wetland spots, officers mentioned.

The nationwide park is being shut from January 15 to 23 for the annual census of the estuarine crocodiles. As many as 22 groups have been constituted to depend the crocodiles within the creeks, nullahs and rivers inside the park and its close by areas.

The nationwide park’s closure in the course of the interval will guarantee the sleek and human interference-free census operation. Any type of human exercise would are available the way in which of the meticulous census of those reptiles. That’s why the curb on vacationers’ footfall has been imposed, mentioned the Divisional Forest Officer, Bhitarkanika Mangrove (wildlife) Forest Division, Bikash Ranjan Dash.

Bhitarkanika is alleged to home 70 per cent of India’s estuarine crocodile or saltwater crocodiles, conservation of which was began means again in 1975.

The variety of saltwater crocodiles, the species which aren’t present in every other river system in Odisha, as per the most recent census, in Bhitarkanika wildlife sanctuary is estimated to be 1,757, he mentioned.

Adequate conservation measures by the state forest division have led to a scientific rise within the variety of these reptiles through the years.

(This story has been revealed from a wire company feed with out modifications to the textual content)

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