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Crocodile in orissa    SPONSORED BY THE MINISTRY OF
    ENVIRONMENT AND FOREST, ON THE
   SALTWATER CROCODILE, SELECTED
   FOR THE INTERNATIONAL FILM
                         FESTIVAL, THIRUVANANTHAPURAM.

                         This is the first film on the Indian Saltwater crocodile. Once found
                                      abundantly along the Indian Coasts, now they are found only in the
                                      Bengal mangrove area called the Sundarbans, the Andamans and
                                      the Bhitarkanika mangrove area, in Orissa ( INDIA ). The film
                                      was shot in Bhitarkanika where a project was started in 1974,
                                      when crocodile experts declared a warning about the saltwater
                                      crocodiles vanishing from the area. Only 25 existed there.

                                      By 1994, there were 500, thanks to the conservation programme
                                      and breeding of babies artificially.

                                      The beautiful mangroves and the eerie forests are shown, which
                                      have varied flora and fauna.

                                      The documentary shows the saltwater crocodile basking in the sun
                                      and existing close to the villages without really causing a havoc.

                                      The film also shows their usefulness and their contribution to the
                                      environment and the food chain.

                                      There is a part where the local hunter turned conservator is
                                      shown.
                                       


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