25 July is the birthday of great conservationist, Naturalist, Hunter and Writer Edward James Corbett better known as Jim Corbett. He was born in Nainital on 25 July 1875. He was a British hunter and then-turned-conservationist, naturalist and author, he is famous for hunting a huge number of man-eating leopards and Tigers in India.
Jim Corbett held the rank of colonel in the British Army in India and was frequently called upon by the government of the United Provinces, now Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, to kill man-eating tigers and leopards which were preying on people in the nearby villages of the Garhwal and Kumaon regions. Corbett was a good photographer and after his retirement authored books like Man-Eaters of Kumaon, Jungle Lore, and other books sharing his experiences, He played a key role in creating a national reserve for the endangered Bengal tiger by using his influence the provincial government to establish it. In 1957 the national park was renamed to Jim Corbett National Park in his honor.
Jim Corbett was born on 25 July 1875 in the town named of Nainital a famous hill station in the Kumaon region of the Himalayan range of mountains.
In 1948, movie named Man-Eater of Kumaon was made in the wake of Man-Eaters of Kumaon’s success, a Hollywood film.
Hunting Man eating Leopards and Tigers
Corbett shot a total of 33 man-eaters tigers and leopards, it is claimed that these animals had killed approximately 1,200 men, women and children. The first tiger he killed, named the Champawat Tiger in Champawat, which was responsible for 436 documented deaths.
Retiring In Kenya
Jim Corbett resided in Kenya along with his sister Maggie Corbett. They sold his house to an Indian, before leaving for Kenya 1947. Now the house has been transformed into a museum and is well known as the Jim Corbett Museum.
He is a good writer based on his personal experiences he wrote many books like My India, Man-Eaters of Kumaon, The Man-eating Leopard of Rudraprayag, Jungle Lore, The Temple Tiger and More Man-eaters of Kumaon, Tree Tops. These Corbett books are very famous.
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