Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Jim Corbett (Edward James Corbett) British, born in India in 1875 in the foothills and jungles of the Himalayas which he explored from an early age,he killed his first leopard at the age of eighth. His jungle experience would later be practiced in his hunts for game, he was a man with a strong independent personality. – Could we call him eccentric?
A hunter of India’s many man-eating tigers for over a thirty year period. Tigers were his most sought-after prey and in 1906 he started receiving requests to assist where tiger attacks had taken place. Both the Indian villagers themselves and the government of the Indian state of Uttarakhand would petition for his assistance. His best-known book about his adventures is "Man-eaters of Kumaon.” In his books (he wrote a total of six books, three of them man-eater stories) he explains the skills how he tracked the man-eaters down.
Jim Corbett was known to never kill a tiger where he felt the animal was not a proven habitual killer. He was part of establishing the first Indian Tiger reserve in 1936. Corbett was a colonel in the British Indian Army. He served in both World Wars in the battlefields of Europe in First World War and as a jungle expert training soldiers in jungle warfare in the Second World War.
India gained its independence and Jim Corbett settled in British East Africa in 1947. He died on 19th April 1955 and is buried at the base of Mount Kenya, Kenya, Africa