Bhitarkanika census finds an increase of 15 saltwater crocodiles from last year

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News: According to official estimates, the population of the saltwater or estuarine crocodile has increased in the water bodies of Odisha’s Bhitarkanika National Park to 1,757

Facts:

About Bhitarkanika National Park

  • ·         It is located in Kendrapara district of Odisha
  • It is inundated by the rivers Brahmani, Baitarani, Dhamra, Pathsala.
  • It is the second-largest mangrove ecosystem in India, the first being Sundarbans (West Bengal).
  • It has been designated as a Ramsar Site.

Additional Information:

  • Odisha is the only state in India having all three species of crocodile— gharial, mugger and saltwater crocodile.

Species of crocodile

SpeciesIUCN Status
Saltwater CrocodileLeast concern
MuggerVulnerable
GharialCritically Endangered