Sep 7, 2015
In April 1975, ex-zamindari forests of Kanika Raj were constituted and declared as Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary by State Government of Odisha. The Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary is one of India’s biggest estuarine crocodile habitats and a major coastal eco-system.
Later in 1998, it was declared as a National Park because of its ecological, faunal, floral, geomorphological and zoological association and importance and for the purpose of protection. In August 2002, it was designated as the second Ramsar site (i.e. Wetland of International importance).