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Annual census: marine crocodile population increases slightly

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The previous year, during the same census period, 53 crocodiles were sighted inside Ghodahada Reservoir and 19 in nearby ponds, a total of 72 crocodiles were sighted last year, Ashok informed Kumar Behera, ACF, Berhampur Forest Division in India.

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The saltwater crocodile population in water bodies in and around the Ghodahada Reservoir area has increased slightly this year. About 58 crocodiles have been sighted inside the Ghodahada reservoir

While 18 crocodiles were sighted in nearby ponds, bringing the total number to 76. The previous year, during the same census period, 53 crocodiles were sighted inside Ghodahada Reservoir and 19 in Ghodahada Reservoir. Nearby ponds, a total of 72 crocodiles were sighted last year, informed Ashok Kumar Behera, ACF, Berhampur Forest Division in India.

In 2016, 1,671 crocodiles were counted in the park and their number increased to 1,682 in 2017.

Likewise, 1,698 reptiles were spotted in 2018 and the following year the number reached 1,742. In 2020, the crocodile population was 1,757.

In 1975, the Ministry of Forests and Environment, in collaboration with the UNDP, launched a crocodile breeding and breeding project in Dangamala within Bhitarkanika. Due to the success of the project, the crocodile population began to increase in creeks, rivers and other bodies of water in and around the park, he said.

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