India's first National Park Jim Corbett turns 85 on Sunday. On August 8, 1936, it came into existence for the first time under the name Hailey National Park. After that it was named Ramganga National Park.
Siddhartha, Ramnagar: World famous Jim Corbett National Park in terms of wildlife conservation and biodiversity has completed glorious 85 years on Sunday. Every year tourists from all over the country and around the world come here to do jungle safari. The number of tigers here has also increased a lot in the last few years. This tourist destination of Uttarakhand is also a major source of revenue for the state. Let us tell you some important and interesting things related to this park.
Though Corbett Park has completed 85 years of establishment in the terms of protection of wildlife and forests, but the reality is that the forest department had taken over the responsibility of protecting the forest of this area 153 years ago. Till 1858, this forest area was also under British rule. As exploitation of forest resources increased, in 1858 the exercise to save it started. For the first time in 1868, the responsibility of conservation of this area was handed over to the Forest Department. This area was declared a reserve forest area in 1879.
In 1934, the then Governor Sir William Haley had advocated for the area to be protected for wildlife. Jim Edward Corbett was entrusted with the responsibility of determining its boundaries. It came into existence as the first national park of India on 8 August 1936 under the name Hailey National Park. Since then, gradually this area became the backbone of Ramnagar's economy. Today the livelihood of thousands of tourism businessmen and shopkeepers rests on the tourism of Corbett.Its Name Changed Three Times
Corbett National Park was renamed thrice. Park warden RK Tiwari says that in the year 1936 it was named Hailey National Park. After this it was named Ramganga National Park. For the third time in 1955, the name was again changed to Corbett National Park.Gradual expansion of its Area:
Initially, the area of Corbett Park was 323.75 sq km. Its area was increased to 520.82 sq km in 1966. Tourism takes place in an area of 520.82 sq km of Corbett.There is abundance of wildlife
Corbett Tiger Reserve currently has 250 tigers, 1226 elephants, 145 crocodiles, 75 gharials, 133 beavers and about 35 thousand deer, bears, sambar, guldar etc. Apart from wildlife, reptiles and more than six hundred species of birds are also present.Who was Jim Corbett?
James A. Jim Corbett was an Irish-born Indian writer, environmentalist, photographer and hunter. He had built a house at Kaladhungi near Nainital. Jim had saved the villagers from their terror by killing many man-eating tigers in Uttarakhand. In which the man-eater of Rudraprayag and the man-eating tigress who hunted 436 people in Champawat are also included.