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Similipal Tiger Reserve was created in 1973, under the crocodile breeding & management project, a fantastic "Mugger Crocodile Scheme" was started in 1979 at Ramtirtha, Jashipore.

TThe govt. of ORISSA declared Similipal as Sanctuary with an area of 2271.78 sqkms in 1979. Government of ORISSA proposed 303 sqkm area of Similipal Sanctuary as National Park in 1980. The area of National Park was increased to 845 sqkm in 1986. Government of India declared Similipal as Biosphere Reserve in 1994.