The Bhitarkanika National Park in Kendrapara would remain close from January 8 to 17 for the annual census of salt water crocodiles.
For the smooth conduct of the crocodile census the forest authorities have imposed the nine-day ban on the entry of tourists.
The restriction would help prevent noise pollution during the counting of the reptiles. Since the presence of large number of visitors as well as plying of motor boats would disturb the operation. More than 50% of the mud bank is exposed during peak winter and the lunar cycle is a suitable period for the census.
The head count drive of the endangered estuarine crocodiles would be conducted under the supervision of wildlife personnel.
Last year, 1665 salt water crocodiles, including 511 hatchlings, 380 yearlings, 317 juveniles, 149 sub-adults, 305 adults and three giant crocodiles were spotted.