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Odisha: Bhitarkanika National Park to reopen from Aug 1

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Kendrapara: The Bhitarkanika National Park in Odisha’s Kendrapara district will be reopened for tourists tomorrow (August 1) after remaining closed for three months for the breeding season of saltwater crocodiles.

This was confirmed by Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) of the Rajnagar Wildlife Division, Bimal Prasanna Acharya.

The Bhitarkanika National Park will be reopened on August 1. And, this year, we have made extra arrangements for the tourists by operationalising eight cottages at Dangamal for night halt inside the park, which will attract more tourists, Acharya added.

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 during the breeding season.

Official sources said as per the annual census conducted in January 2016, the population of the saltwater crocodile in Bhitarkanika had increased to 1671.

The Bhitarkanika Wild Sanctuary, spread over an area of 145 sqkm, has been designated as a National Park since 16th Sep 1998.