Jim Corbett: Big Cat Hunter

Jim Corbett after slaying the man-eating leopard Jim Corbett (1875 - 1955), born near the foothills of the Himalayas, was a British hunter and naturalist, famous for slaying man-eating tigers and leopards in India. As his admiration for leopards and tigers grew, he made a firm decision never to shoot them unless they posed a threat to cattle or turned man-eater.

Jim Corbett with the killed tiger Since the childhood Jim was fascinated by the wildlife in the forests around his home, and over time became a good hunter. Corbett was a colonel in the British Indian Army and worked for the North Western Railway. He was frequently called on by the government of the Indian state of Uttarakhand to slay man-eating leopards and tigers who had killed people in the Kumaon region. Corbett succeeded in many cases where numerous other hunters had failed. In twenty years period, Corbett shot many man-eaters such as the Leopard of Rudraprayag, the Champawat Tiger, and the Panar Leopard, animals that had killed over a thousand men, women and children. His success earned him much fame and respect among the villagers of Kumaon, many considered him a saint.

Tigers in Jim Corbett National Park

After his retirement, Corbett wrote Jungle Lore, the Maneaters of Kumaon, and other books describing his hunting experiences, which enjoyed a commercial success. Jim Corbett spoke out for the protection of India's nature and wildlife. He was a pioneer conservationist and stimulated awareness of the beauty surrounding people and the need to conserve it. India's first national park in Kumaon is named in his honor, it is now a favored visiting place for tourists hoping to see a tiger.

Man-Eaters of Kumaon: Free E-Book

Corbett's books on the man-eating beasts are now established classics, they are almost a literary genre by themselves. Man Eaters of Kumaon is Corbett's best known book, an amazing and spine-tingling story of tiger hunting in the Himalayas. The full text of the book is now in the public domain and free for everybody to read. Follow this link to view the details and download Man Eaters of Kumaon.