Bhitarkanika national park is now open for visitors
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The Bhitarkanika National Park in Kendrapara district, which remained closed for 9 days for the annual census of saltwater estuarine crocodiles and migratory birds, has been opened for visitors from 15th January 2019.
DFO of Rajnagar Mangrove (Forest) and Wildlife Division, Bimal Prasanna Acharya, said “The decision to close down the park for nine days from January 6 was taken to prevent the noise pollution during the census of the estuarine crocodile and facilitate the operation smoothly in a tranquil atmosphere,”.
The DFO said that the annual census has revealed that the number of estuarine crocodiles in the park has gone up by 44 this year. As compared to 1,698 last year, 1,742 were spotted this year, he pointed out. But on the other side, the number of migratory birds in the park had dropped by 3878 this year. As per the annual census report last year, a total of 1,12,083 migratory birds flocked to the park. However, the number of these avian guests has come down to 1,09,059 this year.