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Bhitarkanika closed to visitors from Dec 24


OST Bureau

Rajnagar, Dec 23 :

The Bhitarkanika National Park will remain closed to visitors from December 24 to January 8 because of the census exercise in the sanctuary, the DFO Rajnagar  Kedar Kumar Swain said.bhitarkanika_m

“The census of crocodiles and birds is to be conducted during this period and  that requires a quiet atmosphere. The presence of large number of visitors as well as plying of motor boats will disturb the operation,” the wildlife official said.

The census carried out last year revealed the presence of 1649 estuarine crocodiles or Baula as it is locally known and 74,000 birds