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(1875-1955)


    Jim Corbett was a great hunter and wildlife Iover of his times. Jim Corbett is now part of the folklore in the hills of Kumaon region in Uttar Pradesh. His hunting prowess and bravery is famous, especially in India. He has written many books of which, 'Man Eaters of Kumaon' won international fame.

    Jim Corbett was born in 1875 in an English family at Nainital. His full name was Edward James Corbett. He lived and studied in Kumaon Hills and grew up with deep love for wildlife. At the age of seventeen, he joined the North Western Railway. He joined the army during the First World War. Jim was a brave person and fought in the war bravely from the side of British India. After independence, he emigrated to Kenya.

    Jim Corbett had passion for photography as well as hunting. Once he photographed ti gers in their natural habitat during their leisure time. The photograph was so natural that everyone who saw it praised Jim a lot. This admiration of photography became the inspiring event for Jim Corbett and he became a photographer of wildlife.


    In 1907, Jim shot dead a man-eating tigress at Champaran, which had killed 436 human beings and spread terror in the area. Thus, Jim Corbett earned name and fame as a wildlife photographer. He also hunted a leopard which had killed around four hundred people.

    Jim Corbett got rid of around forty-five man eating predators in his hunting life of fifty years. He photographed unique pictures of wildlife and gained first-hand experience. He also wrote books such as Jungle Stories, Man Eaters of Kumaon, Jungle Lore, The Tree Tops, etc. His book, Man Eaters of Kumaon, won him international fame and was translated into many languages. To honor Jim Corbett for his work on wildlife, the first national park in India was named ‘Jim Corbett National Park'.

























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