Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Kendrapara, Jul 31:
The Bhitarkanika National Park in Odisha’s Kendrapara district would be opened for tourists from tomorrow after three months.
The Forest department had closed the Park for tourists from May 1 for the breeding of saltwater crocodiles.
“The saltwater crocodiles tend to very aggressive during the breeding season at this time of the year and attack people without provocation. Hence, considering the safety of the tourists, the Forest department had closed the park till July 31,” DFO, Rajnagar Wildlife Division, Bimal Prasanna Acharya said.
The DFO said as per the annual census conducted in 2014, the population of saltwater crocodile in Bhitarkanika National Park has gone up to 1,665.
As per last year’s census, 511 hatchlings, 380 yearlings, 317 juveniles, 149 sub-adults, 305 adults and three giant crocodiles measuring more than 20 feet were sighted in the water bodies of the park.