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Bhitarkanika National Park reopens today for tourists

Kendrapara,August1: After remaining close for three months due to crocodile nesting season, the Bhitarkanika National Park will be reopened for tourists from today.

The restriction to enter into the sanctuary was imposed from May 1 to July 31 as salt-water crocodiles turn more violent during nesting and breeding time. Besides, they require calm and tranquil environment for mating, a forest official said.

As many as 68 nests of saltwater crocodiles have been found near the river system of the park and its nearby areas. As it takes nearly 75 days to hatch the eggs naturally, the park was reopened after a gap of 90 days, district forest officer of Rajnagar Wildlife Division Bimal Prasanna Acharya said adding that as per 2015 census, there are 1665 saltwater crocodiles in Bhitarkanika river system.

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