Bhubaneswar: The Bhitarkanika National Park which was closed from January 3 in view of the conduct of annual census of estuarine crocodiles and head count of migratory birds reopened for visitors on Thursday.
For the crocodile census conducted from January 3, 20 teams were constituted. As per reports, the number of estuarine crocodiles has gone up to 1698, an increase by 16, from 1682 found last year.
Similarly, the head count of migratory birds was conducted on January 9 for which 26 teams were formed along with 38 experts, comprising of wildlife personnel and researchers.
As per reports, the number of birds has gone up to 1,12,973, an increase by 36,705, from 76,268 found last year.
The park in the coastal Kendrapada district, about 170 km from here, is known for mangrove forests and its many species of migratory birds. Besides, it is widely known as the world’s largest rookery of Olive Ridley sea turtles.