Monday, November 10, 2008

White Crocodiles

"Forest officials in Bhitarkanika National Park in Orissa have found 15 rare white crocodiles during the annual crocodile census" says the Indian newspaper Hindu.White crocodiles are rare and hardly found anywhere around the world.Because of relentless poaching, the saltwater crocodiles in the area were on the verge of extinction in the 1970's but the state government, with the help of United Nations programs, set up crocodile-rearing project within the park.There were now some 1500 crocodiles with normal coloration in the park along with the rare white ones.