Bhitarkanika National Park to reopen for tourists tomorrow


Bhubaneswar: The Bhitarkanika National Park in Kendrapara district will be reopened for tourists from Wednesday after remaining closed for three months for the breeding season of estuarine crocodiles.

The national park was closed for visitors from May 1 to July 31 in view of the breeding season of the saltwater crocodiles.

“A three-month long prohibition on the entry of tourists and visitors to the wetland site had been enforced as the reptiles turn violent during the season and attack human for their interference in breeding,” said Divisional Forest Officer (DFO), Rajnagar Mangrove (wildlife) Forest Division, Bimal Prasanna Acharya.

He said the closure of the park for the short period aims to ensure the safety of humans and provide a congenial environment for the crocodiles to breed.

Last year, we had identified 80 nesting sites of the estuarine crocodile inside Bhitarkanika. The number has gone up to 101 this year, Acharya added.

He said of the 101 nesting sites, 84 have been found in Kanika Wildlife Range, 13 in Rajnagar, 3 in Gahirmatha and 1 in Mahakalapada range.

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