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James E. Corbett



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Edward James "Jim" Corbett (25 July 1875 in Nainital, India – 19 April 1955in Nyeri,Kenya) was a legendary British hunter and tracker-turned-conservationist, author andnaturalist, famous forhunting a large number of man-eating tigers and leopards in India.


Corbett held the rank of colonel in the British Indian Army and was frequentlycalled upon by the government of the United Provinces, now the Indian states of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, to killman-eating tigers and leopards that were preying on people in the nearby villages of the Garhwal and Kumaon regions.His hunting successes earned him longstanding respect and fame in Kumaon. Some even claim the locals considered himasadhu (saint).




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Corbett was an avid photographer and after his retirement authored Man-Eatersof Kumaon,Jungle Lore, and other books recounting his hunts and experiences, which enjoyed critical acclaim andcommercial success. Later on in life, Corbett spoke out for the need to protect India's wildlife from exterminationand played a key role in creating a national reserve for the endangered Bengal tiger by using his influence topersuade the provincial government to establish it. In 1957 the national park was renamed Jim Corbett NationalPark in his honour.