Kendrapara, Jan 14: In view of the annual census of estuarine crocodiles, the Bhitarkanika National Park will remain out of bounds for tourists and visitors from Friday.
The ban on entry was imposed to help prevent noise pollution during the counting of the reptiles as presence of large number of visitors as well as plying of motor boats will disturb the operation.
Bhitarkanika National Park will remain closed for nine days from January 15 to 23 for Crocodiles Census, said Rajnagar divisional forest officer.
The head count drive of the endangered estuarine crocodiles will be conducted under the supervision of wildlife personnel. They will be assisted by trained local forest staff and some herpetologists. The census will cover cover Bhitarkanika river system, besides innumerable creeks, water inlets and nullahs.