Jim Corbett

19 Apr 2019  Fri

Edward James Corbett also knows as Jim Corbett was a legendary British hunter, Indian colonel, and author, famous for hunting a large number of man-eating tigers and leopards in India.

Jim was born on 25th July 1875 of Irish ancestry in Nainital districts of Uttarakhand. He grew up spending his childhood exploring the wilderness that exists around. The tale of Edward Jim Corbett is still persisting in the minds and hearts of the people of Garhwal and Kumaon.

He was frequently called upon by the government of the United Provinces, to kill man-eating tigers and leopards that were preying on people in the nearby villages of the Garhwal and Kumaon regions. Jim has a record of killing 19 tigers and 14 leopards. He was also a pioneer conservationist and played a key role in the establishment of present Jim Corbett National Park.

He wrote six books – Man-eaters of Kumaon, My India, Man-eating Leopard of Rudraprayag, Jungle Lore, Temple Tiger, and Tree Tops. Jim received the Kaiser-e-Hind Medal in the 1928 New Year Honors.

He died at Nyeri in Kenya on April 19, 1955, at the age of 80. India Postal Department has issued 25 Paise commemorative postage stamp on his birth centenary.

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