Jim Corbett

BornJuly 25, 1875; Nainital
DiedApril 19, 1955; Nyeri, Colony of Kenya
ParentsFather: “Christopher William Corbett”, Mother: “Mary Jane née Prussia”
Alma mater“Oak Openings School”
OccupationWriter, Colonel, Naturalist, Hunter, Tracker, Conservationist
GenreWildlife and Nature
Notable WorksJungle Lore, Man-Eaters of Kumaon

Introduction – About Jim Corbett

Edward James Corbett (Jim Corbett) was born on July 25, 1875 in Nainital. He worked as a British Indian Army colonel and was recognized as a hunter, naturalist, tracker, and conservationist. Jim had also authored many books and was an author, writer, and an incredible photographer. He had killed many man-eating leopards and tigers in the subcontinent of India, particularly the United Provinces (now being recognized as the states of India of Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh).

He authored books like Jungle Lore and Man-Eaters of Kumaon, which depicted his hunts of man-eating animals and experiences. He also spoken on the needs to protect the wildlife and nature from extinction. In India, the name of Jim Corbett Park is also on his name. He died on April 19, 1955, at the age of 79 in Nyeri, Colony of Kenya

Education and Early Childhood

Jim Corbett’s father was “Christopher William Corbett”, and the name of mother was “Mary Jane née Prussia.” He was at the eighth among sixteen children. In 1862, his father left the service from military and shifted to Nainital. Christopher William Corbett joined the postmaster post. 

His mother was also very recognized name among Europeans in the social life of Nainital. In 1878, Jim’s father got retirement from the postmaster’s post and died due to a heart attack (April 21, 1881). At that time, Jim was only six.

Jim has had a fascination for the wildlife, nature, and forests around his house in Kaladhungi from a very tender age. He used to identify the birds and animals by the calls made by them. He attended the “Oak Openings School.” After bringing an end to his studies, he was employed at the “Bengal and North Western Railway.” 

Career and Journey of Jim Corbett 

At the beginning, Jim Corbett was involved in regular fishing and hunting. However, he shot many man-eating leopards and tigers during his entire life journey. He has authored many books about his experiences, like Man-Eaters of Kumaon, The Temple Tiger, and More Man-Eaters of Kumaon.”

He bought his first camera in the late 1920s and recorded tigers on the cine film. He was also recognized as a conservationist. He gave many lectures at societies and schools about conserving nature and wildlife. 

Jim Corbett’s Noteworthy Awards and Accolades 

The Jim Corbett National Park in India was also named in honor of him. He also bagged the Kaisar-i-Hind Medal. His Man-Eaters of Kumaon book was considered an excellent success in the United States, England, and India. This book was translated into over twenty-seven languages.

Personal Life and Interests – Jim Corbett 

He has a keen interest in wildlife and nature. He was a recognized tracker, author and photographer. He was unmarried in his life. 

In 1947, after Indian independence, Jim Corbett, and his sister Maggie, moved to Nyeri, Kenya. He spent most of his later life in Kenya. After he completed his book Tree Tops, which is his sixth book; on April 19, 1955, heart attack became the cause of Jim’s death. His burial was done at the “St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Nyeri.”

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Famous Books and Work Till Now of Jim Corbett 

Some of the popular books and works of Jim Corbett are the following:

  • Man-Eaters of Kumaon 
  • Jungle Stories (Only 100 Copies)
  • My India
  • Jungle Lore
  • The Man-eating Leopard of Rudraprayag
  • Tree Tops
  • My Kumaon: Uncollected Writings 
  • “The Temple Tiger and More Man-eaters of Kumaon”
  • “Jim Corbett’s India – Selections by R. E. Hawkins”

Aishwarya Gurg

I am an avid reader, content creator and writer and a mother. I am an MBA by profession with 5 years of corporate experience. I have travelled extensively across the nation and abroad, which has given me a wider perspective about life. I believe in equal opportunities and inclusivity. I have lived by the mantra of less judging and more uplifting each other for a better tomorrow.

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