Kendrapara district – Only Area to Have all Three Crocodile Species

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02 September 2021 Current Affairs:Odisha’s Kendrapara district is crisscrossed by creeks, rivers and water inlets and has emerged as the only district in India where all  3 species of crocodiles (gharial, salt-water and mugger) are found.

♦ District has additionally claimed repute for its profitable conservation program established for salt-water crocodiles at the Bhitarkanika National Park.
♦ The national park consists of 1,768 estuarine crocodiles and is domestic to 70 per cent of India’s estuarine crocodiles.
♦ At present, with the discovery of gharial and mugger crocodiles, all 3 types of crocodiles have been found in the river system of Kendrapara District. 
♦ Gharial hatchling rescued from the Paika River, a tributary of Mahanadi, on August 29, 2021
♦ In 2016, a 14-feet-long mugger used to be sighted.

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