Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Jim Corbett National Park – The last bastion of Big Cats in India

The protection of wild animals and the preservation of dense forest areas have always remained burning issues in India. With the number and area of both animals and forests diminishing with every passing year, the nature-lovers have always fought back to the poachers and have bodged their foul plans significantly.

Over the years, the government has recognised many reserve forest areas to provide wild animals and birds a place to live and survive. Significant efforts have also been made to preserve the forest area.

One such territory with abundance of natural beauty and wildlife is Jim Corbett National Park in Uttranchal. The Park which lies in two districts – Nainital and Pauri is situated on the foothills of the Himalayas. The park covers an area of 521 sq. km and together with the neighboring Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary and Reserve Forest areas, forms the Corbett Tiger Reserve over 1,288 sq. km.

IT'S BATHING TIME:  A Tiger at Jim Corbett National Park is seen taking a dip in the water to escape the  heat.

Corbett National Park has turned out to be the last and most important bastion of the big cats in India with a tiger population of around 160. Besides, the Park is one of the thirteen protected areas covered by World Wildlife Fund under their Terai Arc Landscape Programme which aims to protect three of the five terrestrial flagship species, the tiger, the Asian elephant and the Great One-horned Rhinoceros.

Since its establishment is 1936, the Park remained a stamping ground for tourists and wildlife lovers. The inflow of the tourists has dramatically increased in the past few years. According to the official data, the Park attracts more than one lakh visitors every year.

A herd of elephants enjoying a stroll at the Jim Corbett National Park

The Park is also a haven for 488 different species of plants, 586 species of resident and migratory birds. Besides, 33 species of reptiles, seven species of amphibians, seven species of fish and 36 species of dragonflies have also been identified. 

Apart from other mammals including barking deer, sambar deer, hog deer and chital, Sloth and Himalayan black bears, Indian grey mongoose, otters, yellow-throated martens, Himalayan goral, Indian pangolins, langur and Rhesus macaques, several species of snakes have been reported from here, including the King Cobra (Ophiophagus hannah) and Indian Cobra (Naja naja). Indian Rock Pythons (Python molurus) are frequently sighted and there also exist several kinds of vipers, kraits and boas.


Edward Jim Corbett is seen with the slain tiger which supposedly  was a man-eater.

Initially called 'Hailey National Park', named in the honour of Sir Hailey, the governor of united provinces, the Park was renamed as 'Ramganga National Park' in 1952 and again in 1955-56 as 'Jim Corbett National Park' after Edward Jim Corbett – a well-known author and wildlife conservationist, who played a key role in creating the reserve by using his influence to persuade the provincial government to establish it.

For a long time, Jim Corbett National Park serves as a great destination for foreign travellers coming to India for a long time. If you haven’t experienced the alluring beauty of the Jim Corbett National Park yet, plan your trip right away.

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