The Corbett national park was established in 1936, as the Hailey National Park, India’s first national park and the first sanctuary to come under Project Tiger; it supports a variety of vegetation making it the ideal habitat for the Tiger and its prey. In 1973 Corbett National Park was the first to be designated as a Project Tiger Reserve. Situated at a distance of 260 kms from Delhi and 128 kms from Nainital, the Corbett National Park is best known for its big cats, especially the tiger. Despite the efforts of conservationists, the tiger population of India is decreasing rapidly, and Corbett National Park is one of the few parks where the tiger can still be seen. Corbett national park was established in 1936, as the Hailey National Park. The Park is named after Jim Corbett, who lived in the region, knew the language of the jungle, and who metamorphosis from hunter to ardent conservationist.
There are around 50 tigers in Corbett, besides other wildlife like leopards, several lesser cats, the wild dog, porcupines, jackals, civets, sloth bear, black bear, wild boar and a few hundred elephants. The park has a high density of tiger population. The Sloth Bear, Himalayan Black Bear, Dhole, Jackal, Yellow Throated Martem, Himalayan Palm Civet, Indian Grey Mongoose, Common Otter, Porcupine, Clack-taped Hare are the other attractions of this area. It is possible to see elephants all over the park too. There are four species of deer residing over here. These are the Chital, the well-known Spotted Deer, Para, Kakka, and the Barking Deer. The Goat Antelopes are represented by the Ghoral.