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Jim Corbett

naturalist , officer , writer , Hunter

Jim Corbett, Indian author, army officer. Awarded Volunteer Decoration, Kaiser I-Hind 1st Class, Order of British Empire, Companion Indian Empire, Member Natural History Society (New York), Association for Preservation of Wild Life in United Provinces (honorary secretary), Society for Preservation of Fauna of Empire. Member Conservative Party.; Member Church of England.


Corbett, Jim was born on July 25, 1875 in Naini Tal, India. Son of Christopher William and Mary Jane (Prusha) Corbett.


Educated in private schools. Unmarried.


Corbett held the rank of colonel in the British Indian Army and was frequently called upon by the government of the United Provinces, now the Indian states of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, to kill man-eating tigers and leopards that were harassing people in the nearby villages of the Garhwal and Kumaon region. His hunting successes earned him a long-held respect and fame amongst the people residing in the villages of Kumaon. Some even claim that he was considered to be a sadhu (saint) by the locals.

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


  • book

    • Man-eaters of Kumaon. Oxford University Press, Madras 1945 (second educated)

    • Man-eaters of Kumaon. Oxford University Press, 1946

    • The Man-eating Leopard of Rudraprayag. Oxford University Press, 1947

    • My India. Oxford University Press, 1952

    • Jungle Lore. Oxford University Press, 1953

    • The Temple Tiger and more man-eaters of Kumaon. Oxford University Press, 1954

    • Tree Tops. Oxford University Press, 1955

  • books

    • Man-eaters of Kumaon. Oxford University Press, Bombay 1944


  • Other Interests



Willam Christopher

Mary Jane Corbett