Remembering Jim Corbett’s Birthday: the friend of the Jungle, the hunter of man-eaters, killed more than 300 Tigers and Guldars
Jim Corbett Birthday: Today (25th July) is the 147th birthday of the famous hunter Jim Corbett, who lived in Uttarakhand for years and saved humans from predatory animals like man-eating tigers and Guldars. This hunter, who left India and settled in Kenya at the end of his life, is remembered as a nature lover. Wildlife lovers from all over the world, including Uttarakhand, are remembering Jim Corbett on his birthday.
- The famous hunter Jim Corbett was born on 25 July 1875 in Nainital.
- Jim lived in Haldwani for a long time after working in the Railways and the British Army.
- In the year 1936, India’s popular National Park was named after Jim Corbett.
Today is a very special day for environment and wildlife enthusiasts. Because today is the birthday of such a famous hunter of the world who not only hunted man-eating tigers and Guldars from the 18th to the 19th century in the jungles of Uttarakhand but also taught the lessons of environment and nature conservation to the people. We are referring to the famous hunter Jim Corbett, who had a special connection with Uttarakhand. India’s first National Park was named after him in the year 1936. He not only hunted more than 50 man-eating tigers but also more than 250 leopards.
Today is the 147th birthday of Jim Corbett. Jim Corbett was born on this day i.e. on 25 July 1875 in Nainital. Jim’s father Christopher Corbett was a postmaster in Nainital and mother Mary Jain was a businessman. Jim was the eighth child of Christopher and Mary. Being born in Nainital and then brought up in this environment, Jim had a love for nature from the beginning. Growing up, Jim Corbett first worked in the Railways and then in the British Army. He was a colonel rank officer in the British Army.
Land purchased in Chhoti Haldwani for Rs 1500
Jim bought 40 acres of land at the age of 40 i.e. in the year 1915 in a village named Chhoti Haldwani near Kaladhungi. At that time the cost of the land was around Rs 1500 only. Jim built a bungalow in a corner of this land in the year 1922, in which he lived with his elder sister Maggie during the winter days. During the summer, Jim used to go to live in his Kothi in Nainital. He left India in the last days of his life. In the year 1947, while going from here to Kenya, he sold his kothi to a person named Chiranji Lal. This kothi was bought by the Forest Department from Chiranjilal in the year 1965.
Jim Corbett’s Kothi turns 100
The Kothi of Jim Corbett has turned 100 today. On the 147th birthday of Jim Corbett, let us tell you that his house is a museum today. It is managed by the Corbett National Park Administration. In this museum, along with memorable pictures related to Jim Corbett, things like his food utensils, weapons used in the forest, commuting doli, gym furniture were preserved.
Farming and hunting together
Jim Corbett used to cultivate the land of Chhoti Haldwani. Jim had also hired 10-15 farmer families for farming. While living here, he hunted many wild animals, including many man-eating tigers. After the independence of India i.e. in the year 1947, Jim moved from here to Kenya after distributing his land among these families. Jim wrote many books during the last days of his life in Kenya. Among them are countless stories of India, Kumaon and man-eating guldars and tigers.
Proficient in speaking Kumaoni-Garhwali language
Despite being of Iris origin, Jim spent his childhood in the hills of Kumaon. Therefore, he had good knowledge of speaking Kumaoni and Garhwali languages. Villagers used to call him Carpet Sahib not Corbett. Some people also knew him by the name of Gora Sadhu. Apart from this, he was a skilled carpenter, environmentalist, doctor as well as a good football player.
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