Bhitarkanika National Park

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  • It is a national park located in Kendrapara district of Odisha 
  • National Park since 1998
  • Ramsar Convention site since 2002
  • Surrounded by the Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary. 
  • Gahirmatha Beach and Marine Sanctuary lies to the east
  • It is home to Saltwater Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus), White Crocodile, Indian python, King Cobra, black ibis, darters and many other species of flora and fauna.
  • The sanctuary is the second largest mangrove ecosystem in India.
  • The national park and wildlife sanctuary is inundated by a number of rivers – Brahmani, Baitarni, Dhamra, Pathsala
  • The park is famous for its green mangroves, migratory birds, turtles, estuarine crocodiles and countless creeks.
  • It is said to house 70% of the country’s estuarine or saltwater crocodiles, conservation of which was started way back in 1975.

 

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