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  About the Jim Corbett

Jim Corbett [25 July 1875 – 19 April 1955] was an Indian but born as Irish hunter, conservationist & naturalist, famous for his writings on the hunting of leopards & man-eating tigers. The Corbett National Park in India is named in his memory. He was tall (6'1"), brave & endowed with very keen senses. He would often stalk to within twenty feet of the man-eaters, & at great risk to himself, in order to save at least one human life. He preferred to hunt alone & on foot when pursuing dangerous game.
Edward James "Jim" Corbett was born of Irish ancestry in the town of Nainital in the Kumaon foothills of the Himalayas. Jim was the eighth child of Christopher & Mary Jane Corbett. His parents had moved to Nainital in 1862, after Christopher Corbett had been appointed postmaster of the town. Jim studied at Oak Openings School (later renamed Philander Smith College), St Joseph's College & the Diocese Boys School (later renamed Sherwood College) in Nainital, but left the school at age seventeen before completing high school. Soon thereafter, he joined the Bengal & North Western Railway, initially working as a fuel inspector at Manakpur in the Punjab, & subsequently as a contractor for the transshipment of goods across the Ganges at Mokama Ghat in Bihar
As his admiration for tigers & leopards grew, he resolved never to shoot them unless they turned man-eater or posed a threat to cattle. Between 1907 & 1938, Corbett tracked & killed at least a dozen man-eaters. It is estimated that the combined total of men, women & children these twelve animals had killed was in excess of 1,500. His very first success, the Champawat Tiger in Champawat, alone was responsible for 436 documented deaths. He also shot the Panar Leopard, which allegedly killed 400 after being injured by a poacher & thus being rendered unable to hunt its normal prey.

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Other notable man-eaters he killed were the Talla-Des man-eater, the Mohan man-eater, the Thak man-eater & the Chowgarh tigress. However, one of the most famous was the man-eating Leopard of Rudraprayag, which terrorised the pilgrims to the holy Hindu shrines Kedarnath & Badrinath for more than ten years.
Corbett was a pioneer conservationist & lectured at local schools & societies to stimulate awareness of the natural beauty surrounding local people & the need to conserve forests & their wildlife. He helped create the Association for the Preservation of Game in the United Provinces (now U.P), & the All-India Conference for the Preservation of Wild Life.
After 1947, Corbett & his sister Maggie retired to Nyeri, Kenya, where he continued to write & sound the alarm about declining numbers of jungle cats & other wildlife. Jim Corbett was at the Treetops Hotel, a hut built on the branches of a giant ficus tree, when Princess Elizabeth stayed there on February 5-6, 1952, at the time of the death of her father, King George VI. Corbett wrote in the hotel's visitors' register:
Jim Corbett died of a heart attack a few days after he finished writing his sixth book Tree Tops, & was buried at St. Peter's Anglican Church in Nyeri. The national park he fought to establish in India was renamed in his honour two years later & is now nearly twice its original size. It is a favoured place for visitors hoping to see a tiger.
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