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Crocodile Numbers Increase To 1,671 In Bhitarkanika

Kendrapada: Jan 22; The Bhitarkanika National Park, famous for the endangered saltwater crocodiles, has seen an increase of the rare species to 1,671, an annual census conducted by the Forest Department this year has found.

In the national park and its neighbouring water bodies, the number of vertebrates has increased as compared to last year's figure of 1,665.

Under the leadership of Divisional Forest Officer (DFO), Rajnagar Mangrove (Wildlife) Forest Division, Bimal Prasanna Acharya, the counting of these rare saltwater crocodiles was undertaken in the national park and its adjacent water bodies from January 13 to 16.

Wildlife experts Dr Sudhakar Kar and Dr Shivprasad Parida along with 125 persons were divided into 26 teams for the census.

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