Published On: Tue, Aug 1st, 2017

Bhitarkanika National Park in Odisha reopens for tourists

Bhubaneswar: Three months closure due to breeding season of estuarine crocodiles has come to end with the re-opening of Odisha’s major wildlife tourist attraction, the Bhitarkanika National Park on Tuesday.

As many as 82 nests of the estuarine crocodile were sighted

Situated in Odisha’s Kendrapara district, the Bhitarkanika National Park was closed for visitors from May 1 to July 31 in view of the breeding season of the saltwater crocodiles.

A senior forest official said that the three-month long prohibition on the entry of tourists and visitors to the wetland site was enforced as the reptiles turn violent during the season and attack human for their interference in breeding.

The forest official said that the sole aim of keeping the park out of bound for the tourists and wildlife enthusiasts was their safety alone. “Apart from it, with no human interference, there is a congenial environment for the crocodiles to breed,” added the forest official.

He said that as many as 82 nests of the estuarine crocodile were sighted by the forest personnel this year within the ajnagar Mangrove (forest) and Wildlife Division.

While 73 nests were sighted at Kanika Wildlife Range, six nests were sighted under Rajnagar wildlife Range and three nests at Gahirmatha wildlife Range, added forest official.

It may be mentioned that the 145 sq km stretch of the national park, with its vast expanse of mangrove cover and wetland spots, is a preferred eco-tourism destination for camping and trekking.

 

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