Saturday, January 24, 2009

Crocodile population in Orissa forest rises

The population of saltwater crocodiles at Bhitarkanika National Park has gone up to 1,572 from 1,498 in last year. The annual census report of the park insists that the breeding process is successful, the number of crocodiles rose by 74 this year.

The park census was conducted by the wildlife department officials and NGO representatives during January 12 to 18 this year. Bhitarkanika, in the coastal district of Kendrapada, was entered into Guinness Book of World Records in the year 2006 for biggest saltwater crocodile of 23-foot-long in the world.

The breeding and rearing project of saltwater crocodiles was stared by the forest and environment ministry of the state in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme in the year 1975.

Bhitarkanika is one such location of rich, lush green vibrant eco-system lying in the estuarine region of Brahmani- Baitarani in the North-Eastern corner of Kendrapara district of Orissa. The area is intersected by a network of creeks with Bay of Bengal on the East.
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